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Casino: Special security measures in place for opening

8:45 AM, May 14, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The Horseshoe Casino's opening will see lots of security that will become the norm for visitors.

Right off the top, casino visitors should know that the Horseshoe Casino will strongly enforce the "no weapons, no bringing in alcohol, and no smoking" rules.

All visitors must have a valid ID, should expect to be searched upon entering, and no one under 21 will be admitted.

Visitors are encouraged to "if you see something, say something" -- to tell security officials if they see something that concerns them.

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The security will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year -- the same hours and days the casino is open.

Cleveland police and casino security officials met last Friday morning, along with RTA police, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's office, and other local law enforcement, to show how they intend to keep those traveling to the casino in and around downtown Cleveland will see visible proof that police will keep visitors safe "from Lake Erie to the Cuyahoga River to the Innerbelt," as well as all points in between.

Police will also strictly enforce no parking areas and ticket jaywalkers with an eye of public safety not only for casino-goers but also for downtown office workers and other visitors.

One concern is also about how will authorities deal with the homeless and mentally ill downtown residents who like to hang out on Public Square?

There are a lot more police on and around Public Square and they will enforce Cleveland law against too aggressive panhandling.

But advocates for the homeless and mentally ill want to make sure that they are not just purged and rousted off Public Square to get them out of the way of visitors, similar to what happened back in the 90's.

Monday's opening will see visitors starting to line up for the 9:30 p.m. entry starting at 5 p.m. on the Prospect Avenue side of the casino.

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