Necochea city council calls on governor to review casino closure

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With the deadline for the closure of Complejo Casino in Necochea looming on 27 June, the city council (Concejo Deliberante) has appealed to the provincial governor to reconsider the decision to shut the venue.

The legislative body called upon María Eugenia Vidal, the governor of Buenos Aires Province, to “review the decision” in light of “the negative consequences” it would have for the city.

“Despite the efforts that have been made, the truth is that it has only been possible to delay the date of the closure, maintaining the situation of instability and insecurity which affects both the workers at the property as well as the Necochean society as a whole,” the city council said in a statement.

At the beginning of the year it was announced that the casino in Necochea, along with two properties in  Mar de Ajó and Valeria del Mar, and a bingo parlour in Temperley would be closed by the provincial government, in line with its strategy to reduce gaming in the region.

In April, the mayor of Necochea, Facundo López, met with the head of the provincial regulator, the Instituto Provincial de Lotería y Casinos, to put forward two proposals which would allow the casino to stay open in some form.

The first proposal would relocate the gaming floor to an alternate venue in the city, while the second is based on a bid by Spanish firm, Alaisa Distribuidora SA, to redevelop Complejo Casino and build a five-star hotel.

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