Mayor Jackson: Casino opening is a great moment for Cleveland

9:05 AM, May 14, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND --  Cleveland's casino is the first to open in the state. It's a big history-making moment.

But Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says, he knows, it's just that, a moment.

"Things are moving, but we shouldn't rest on that because things could change overnight, so it's a continuing process of working towards something to making Cleveland a better place."

Mayor Jackson's vision: to have Cleveland on the move 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Horseshoe Casino checks that box.

"It's a good event that it adds another venue to Cleveland and it helps us connect all the other investments we have made, like the ones that will be opening next year- like the Medical Mart, giving people something to do whether they are here for a business or pleasure."

The casino alone is set to increase the city's population each day by 15,000 people.

"It will create additional employment outside the casino because people will have to staff to serve the numbers of people that will be coming in to downtown."

But with more people potentially comes more problems. What does Mayor Jackson say to those critics on this point?

"They are right. They are absolutely right. It's how you deal with it."

City safety leaders outlined the changes and added layers of security on Friday.



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