Consultant gives thumbs down to Yarmouth casino idea

Carla Allen
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A casino would likely fail in the Yarmouth area. That’s the conclusion of a consultant hired by the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation.

HLT Advisory Inc. reviewed a preliminary assessment of the market surrounding Yarmouth to support a casino and concluded it would not attract sufficient tourist dollars to make a significant impact on the local economy.

Deputy warden Steven Paquette says he wasn’t sad to hear the news.

“In the event that we do explore something like that I would really like to make sure that there is some analysis coupled with an economic feasibility analysis.

“A lot of communities get interested in the possibility of a certain revenue stream but neglect to look at the social implications of that kind of business.

“Those harms need to be calculated as a part of that business planning process,” he said at Municipality of Yarmouth council meeting on Feb. 26.

Organizations: HLT Advisory, Yarmouth council

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    April 17, 2014 - 04:57

    This proves the point again that Consultants are there to give a fair opinion based on feasibility etc, they do not always give a project the thumbs up.