I wish to refer to the Business Section of the Nassau Guardian of April 8th entitled “Nine Companies Apply for Gaming Licenses” and wish to share with your readers some statistics I researched from the article.
There were 388 applications for licenses, 250 for New Providence, 108 for the Family Island, of which 32 were for Abaco, and 31 for Grand Bahama. A particular company had applied for 121 licenses, about a third of the total.
Shocked my fellow Bahamians, but especially my fellow Abaconians?
I understand there are 15 web shops in Abaco, doubling the number will provide more dollars for the broke Treasury and less dollars for children’s lunch money.
I am truly disturbed by the amount of money that is spent annually at web shops ($750,000,000 plus), resulting in children being deprived of shoes, books, school fees, etc.
I know it is too late to reverse the decision on gaming but hopefully your readers will appreciate the negative impact on the social fiber of our Bahamaland.
For what it is worth,
Patrick J. Bethel