WOKV spoke with Beth Wrinkle on how she felt about the idea of expanding gambling in the sunshine state. She says she moves down to Jacksonville from Las Vegas just three years ago, and says she strongly opposes the idea of bringing vegas style gambling to the River City.
“After we’ve lived there a year or so, my parents showed up, and she’s covering my son’s eyes as we leave the airport because of all the billboards everywhere,” says Wrinkle.
She continued on to say that the gambling environment does not bring a strong family like atmosphere.
“Less is more was their mentality and it becomes common place. Then if you walk down the strip there you’ve got people soliciting on the streets and handing out cards with numbers,” says Wrinkle.
But others don’t feel that way. Michael Westfall tells WOKV that if it brings money into the River City, then why not.
“You never know. You might win. I think it could be a good thing,” says Westfall.
He says that casinos have an age limit. He says if people are old enough to gamble, then they should be old enough to foster responsibility.