Videos: Gaming Town Hall Meeting In Hamilton

February 25, 2014

The Government wrapped up their series of Gaming Town Halls last week [Feb 19], with this last one being held at the Pier 6 Complex in Hamilton, and full video coverage of the almost 2-hour event is posted below.

The Town Hall began with Tourism Minister Shawn Crockwell addressing the audience, and Attorney General Mark Pettingill and Senator Nalton Brangman were also seated on the panel.

Gaming Town Hall Bermuda, Feb 19 2014-5

Those present included Minister Bob Richards, Minister Michael Dunkley, Minister Wayne Scott, MP Glen Smith, former independent candidates Kim Swan and Charles Swan, Anglican Bishop Nicholas Dill, entertainer Tony Brannon, Steve Simons from the Bermuda Hospitality Gaming Training Centre, local businessman Nelson Hunt who is involved in the Morgan’s Point development and local businessman Rick Olson.

Minister of Tourism Development and Transport Crockwell previously said: “I encourage anyone with any questions or concerns about gaming in Bermuda to attend one of these meetings so that they can learn more about what the Government proposes and how the introduction of Integrated Casino Resorts in Bermuda will provide opportunities and jobs for Bermudians.”

Presentation by Tourism Minister Shawn Crockwell:

72 minute video of Q&A period:

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  1. LMAO says:

    And they refused to let Dr. Ashton speak at this meeting. Why? so undemocratic … the Island is going to hell in a hand basket allowing gambling without a referendum. The rich blacks and whites wants it immediately because they will get richer off the poor man back.

    • Your joking says:

      So should they ban KFC as well…since it is extremely unhealthy and they make most of their money of the poorer people……not too many Tuckers Town people in that line….
      We cannot babysit everyone…especially the few that will be addicted to anything…If you are stupid enough to gamble away everything there is no one to blame but yourself

      • Political says:

        Bishop Dill’s for casino gambling? As Bishop of Bermuda why has he not made a public stance? Are they people really so afraid of this OBA government to speak their minds?

        • Political says:

          Are these people really so afraid of this OBA government, they are afraid to speak their minds?

    • Suzie Quattro says:

      Are you talking about Marc Bean?

  2. lucky 7 says:

    Ignorance is bliss…..and you must be awsomly happy, coz ya ignorant if you can’t see how casino’s will help us!

    • Tommy Chong says:

      FOR REAL!!! Can’t these silly people see how casinos have helped the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Antigua & Barbuda economically?

  3. Coffee says:

    Funny how they are jumping through hoops to avoid a referendum on gaming . It makes people very suspicious of the WHO maybe in control of the agenda .

  4. Joe says:

    The “integrated casino resort” is lipstick on a pig, without the pig, or the lipstick.

    Why has all the data been withheld from public review? The sales numbers are bogus, the tax revenue numbers are bogus, the jobs numbers are bogus… see the pattern? Why have the government expenditures to support the gambling infrastructure been withheld? What is left out of the alleged $11.4 million in tax revenue after the expenses?

  5. JUNK YARD DOG says:


    • Valirie Marcia Akinstall says:

      I concur, NO is the appropriate response to gaming…

      Right now any Bill on gaming tabled in the House of Parliament would have to be shelved until the Supreme Court has ruled on the matter before it.

      So, we shall see how far NO will GO!

      And I say this with respect NOT as smirking, baiting opponent of gaming.

      London, England

  6. brutus says:

    then what is the next option….selling loquat,sherry jams and jellies? u ppl are so backward and indoctrinated by those plp greedy and envious thugs..

    • Tommy Chong says:

      When the current government came back with their singapore research they said they found out that casinos were the smallest component of their hospitality industry. Singapore has many other attractions beside gaming & that’s why people come to Singapore not for gaming. People go to Vegas & Atlantic city for gaming. Where are all the other attractions in Bermuda that are to be complimented by gaming? Who are the ones doing things backwards again?

  7. frank says:

    they should first grant a permit to one of are existing hotel properties
    and when was the last time you heard of a casino charging you to come in.

    • Suzie Quattro says:

      In Monte Carlo they charge for entry into casinos, and they require ID or passports.

    • Tommy Chong says:

      Didn’t you see the budget report? They’ve already decided most likely as far back as March 2013 who will get a licence. There is no for the people by the people anymore because we voted that out. Now it’s what they say goes.

  8. There is gambling here “NOW”!….helloooooo…..there is gamnling here now people lay odds on many things…….it is just not being taxed…lookit de club on smiffs…lets do a walk through at the liberty groshry stuah…well it could be…but there would be no profits…as long as you know that now…