South Carolina Gambling Expansion May Encompass North Charleston

July 5th, 2010 – by Glen Farmer

Gambling and South Carolina are two entities relatively unfriendly toward each other, but a change may soon come in one South Carolina city. The North Charleston City Council is set to take a ride on a day cruise liner that allows gambling in international waters.

Officials are set to take a ride on the boat in order to observe operations and determine whether or not they could become a lucrative source of revenue for the city. Mayor Keith Summey will be visiting Savannah, Georgia with his entourage of city staff members in order to see exactly what these boats have to offer.

The gambling cruises already sail from Myrtle Beach, though gambling remains almost entirely illegal through land based enterprises. In fact, under South Carolina state law, any game with cards or dice is technically an illegal offense.

According to reports, some council members oppose the gambling expansion out right, while some are open to suggestion. The desired revenue that these officials are hoping for is at least $1 million a year, though no official estimate has yet been given.

Not only would the gambling boats bring in revenue from fees and similar taxes, but they would also create jobs. One similar vessel offering such cruises holds roughly 100 jobs, which can benefit surrounding areas.

Fees collected would likely include licensing fees, permits, and a revenue share.

Gambling expansion in South Carolina has not yet considered South Carolina Online Gambling as a choice for extra income for the state. Instead these sites operate without offering the state any tax revenue to speak of.

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