The state of Alabama is fighting over bingo casinos. Many of the players on the pro-gambling side are the same ones involved in Keefer/Valentino plan to bring bingo casinos to Perdido Key.
According to the Mobile Press Register, “The heavy artillery is rolling out in Alabama’s bingo war, with recent ads blasting gambling supporters as Mafia dons and opponents as Nazi storm troopers” Read more.
Thank goodness, cooler heads prevailed and the bingo casino for the Key was stopped. While Commissioner Gene Valentino may have had good intentions – job creation, tax revenue and economic growth- the issue of gambling in Escambia County needed to be more publicly debated and considered. Bingo casinos – in Alabama at least – are far from becoming the norm.