beach resort planned near Lisbon
reported by globeandmail.com
Demolition experts have imploded two 30-year-old tower
blocks south of Lisbon to clear the way for a project
that is to open up Portugal's unspoiled southwest coast
to large-scale tourism development.
Minister Jose Socrates detonated the explosive charges
to collapse the 16-storey concrete towers in Troia, a
sandy peninsula 48 kilometres south of Lisbon.
company Sonae plans to build a resort with more than 1,000
beds, a casino, meeting centre and vacation homes. Three
other tourism developments are slated for construction
nearby. Developers hope the region will rival the southern
Algarve coast, one of Europe's top vacation destinations,
but environmental groups fear the projects will ruin the
says Park City casino plan is dead
reported by the Wichita Business Journal
County Commissioners Wednesday again turned down a request
from Park City casino supporters for a countywide referendum
on expanded gaming, a move that city's mayor says effectively
kills the project.
the issue had no "urgency," commissioners again
turned down a request from former Wichita mayor Bob Knight,
representing the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. The
group wants to build a destination resort casino in Park
over," Park City Mayor Dee Stuart says. "I took
the bumper sticker off my car. Time to move on."
Knight says if the Iowa Tribe builds a casino in south
central Kansas, it won't be in Sedgwick County. There's
also the alternative of building a mega-casino on the
tribe's reservation in northeast Kansas.
don't know what else to do," Knight says.
Tim Norton called the referendum debate a "conundrum,"
saying, "I'd probably vote right now to put a referendum
on the ballot."
Norton says his fellow commissioners don't see the urgency
to finance a vote at about $160,000, up from earlier estimates
of about $75,000.
we have, I think, is two widely conflicting views at work
here," Norton says. "You have the far right
conservative folks who think gaming will ruin society
and you have the supporters who see a casino as an economic
driver. In between, I think, are citizens who say, 'Just
let me vote.'"
Chairman Dave Unruh says the Kansas Legislature must approve
gaming "before our citizens are really going to know
what they're voting on.
now, it appears to me that the only opportunity we face
is a state-owned casino," he says. "I don't
get the sense that the people want the state to operate
a casino here."
says the rising price tag for the referendum "made
thing is going to play out however it plays out,"
Norton says. "There are other communities out there
who feel the need for the economic stimulus that they
think a casino would provide."
says her city's economic development efforts will continue.
a great piece of property that's going to make a lot of
money for someone," she says, of the proposed casino
location at 77th Street North and I-135. "It just
won't be Sedgwick County."