SARATOGA SPRINGS— The Downtown Business Association (DBA) announced their opposition of expanded casino gambling in the city of Saratoga Springs after voting on the issue in late February.
The DBA voted on Wednesday for the objection to a ‘Las Vegas Style Destination Casino’ due to their concerns for displaced businesses that they said may lose customers resulting from a decrease of pedestrian traffic downtown.
In a statement from their newsletter, the DBA wrote: “Unless operational arrangements, binding agreements and assurances can be made with these entities, the DBA cannot support any entity, competing community or project that is looking to take consumer traffic or economic development from the downtown corridor.”
The statement was made several days after the City Council voted its opposition to the state law that would allow a destination resort casino to be built in the city. Peter Martin, one of the city’s representatives on the Board of Supervisors later advised the City Council to review its position on bringing a casino into the city.