Opening of Casino in downtown San Pedro to be temporary

Wednesday, June 21st, 2023

A casino is about to open on Pescador Drive in downtown San Pedro. The new establishment targeting local and visiting casino lovers has raised a few eyebrows because of its location, considered one of the busiest intersections downtown. Some residents think it could disrupt other businesses and activities in the area. There are a handful of stores and eateries (restaurants) nearby, and just a block away is the central park frequented by families and children. Another issue expressed is the potential traffic congestion and the parking situation. Such concerns have been shared with The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), which provides trade licenses. The town administration has indicated that the casino will open temporarily and relocate to a new resort north of San Pedro later.

The casino’s proximity to the central park, a hub for San Pedro’s child-friendly initiatives, has prompted some families visiting the park every week to question this type of establishment. Currently, all nightclubs near the park have shut down; thus, the idea of a casino nearby has surprised some residents. Mayor Gualberto’ Wally’ Nuñez explained that the casino presence on Pescador Drive is temporary. He added that this is one of the conditions for the casino and that the business would be required to relocate to a proposed resort just north of the Boca del Rio bridge.

Regarding the parking issue, he briefly explained that the casino management plans to locate a parking area and provide valet parking service when necessary. No problems are expected with the nearby businesses as the casino operates at different times. Usually, casinos are busy after 10PM.

While some residents living near Pescador Drive are concerned about the casino, others shared that it would bring new vibes to the area and jobs. Some establishments also shared that they do not expect any significant changes with the casino’s opening. But in the meantime, those concerned about its presence in the downtown area said they expect the SPTC to monitor its activities closely and for the police to investigate safety measures. They disagree that having a casino in the downtown area was the best idea.

The fully air-conditioned casino will count with different services such as slot machines and table games such as Poker, Blackjack, and Roulette. Other services reportedly include a sports bar with large screens, drinks, and food.

San Pedro is not new to casinos. A longtime casino at Captain Morgan Retreat Beach resort, 3.5 miles north of San Pedro, is now closed. Moneta is the only operating casino on the island, south of town, by the well-known Pedro’s Inn. The upcoming game house downtown is almost ready to welcome customers. There is no opening date yet.



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