Why not casinos?

Marshall suggests regulating them since they exist already

The introduction of casinos in this country, whilst not favoured by the church, must be given very serious consideration at this time.

Independent Senator Tony Marshall, threw out this suggestion today in the Senate while speaking on the Barbados Tourism Product Authority Bill, 2014 and the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., Bill, 2014.

Independent Senator Tony Marshall (FP)
Independent Senator Tony Marshall (FP)

Marshall, who is a retired banker said: “I do not believe that it is reasonable to continue to object to the presence of casinos when in fact Marhill Street, The City, is a casino. I do not support casinos, let me make that point very clear. I am against it, but I am trying to use a real approach to the problem.

“One night I was asked to accompany a certain gentleman because of my views on casinos. He said I am going to show you what happens in this country. He took me on a tour of the South Coast, of Marhill Street, Baxters Road and of Nelson Street.

“I want to tell you that I was shocked. There were two particular places, one on the South Coast main road and one in The Gap, that I could not believe what I was seeing, nor could I believe the people who were in the casinos. Some as it were having dinner, tea and so on because they were there for so many hours.

“All I want to suggest is, if we all are aware of the existence of those homes and houses and the activities that go on there and the hours during which those activities take place I cannot see how we can put our hands on our hearts and not see the wisdom, in saying, let us have a casino or two casinos, one in the north and one in the south. Like Nassau in the Bahamas, the utilization by natives is restricted,” Marshall added.

He went on to say that if tourism is our business and plays a critical role in earning foreign exchange you just cannot say: Casinos no.

Marshall said that like most other people, he felt casinos encouraged a lot of things that a country does not need.

“However, many of the countries that are doing, perhaps better than Barbados have had casinos and we have not had reports of the nature which was suggested would have accompanied casinos,” Marshall argued.

He pointed out that if casinos were in fact entertained he would hope they would not follow the pattern of the route taxis and the mini-buses where it is “open season”.

Marshall, who was a former president of the Barbados Cricket Association suggested that the Barbados Tourism Product Authority should cash in on the Caribbean Super League which can become a major experience for cricket enthusiasts.

He further suggested that visits to rum shop which are dotted all over the country could be part of the tourism experience.

10 Responses to Why not casinos?

  1. Sheri Veronica
    Sheri Veronica March 13, 2014 at 12:05 am

    lol at Dean Scantlebury! rofl

  2. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell March 13, 2014 at 12:18 am

    LMAO Dean Scantlebury Right on Bro

  3. Jonathan Martindale
    Jonathan Martindale March 13, 2014 at 1:06 am

    The Casino thing should definitely be done.

  4. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder March 13, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Barbados can’t start there things like that should come after u rebuild a stronger economy…

  5. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder March 13, 2014 at 4:45 am

    What wanna go do play poker an try some luck,y not try to rebuild a better stronger market in on the international market …

  6. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder March 13, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Lot more should be done b4 ur go try to get lucky,people missing what is really needed to rebuild a faster stronger more international business place here in BIM I keep saying look at what we have an rebuild with that first do ur homework first……

  7. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder March 13, 2014 at 4:50 am

    We have a .UWI were the brilliant minds or????….

  8. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder March 13, 2014 at 4:54 am

    What we studying in our schools today in the colleges in the skills training in UWI we not building leaders we creating followers…..

  9. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder March 13, 2014 at 5:01 am

    What every ur job in BARBADOS is ur doing it to make some person happy humanity was created one of God’s masterpieces,bajans should understand that each person needs the next person we all need each other in some way or the next….

  10. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder March 13, 2014 at 5:02 am

    There’s something missing from our great Nation Barbados that holds every thing in place…. ….


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