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Council member Jeff Ritterman responds

on November 13, 2009

I applaud the efforts of the developer Jim Levine to make the Point Molate project environmentally friendly.

I applaud the efforts of Citizens for East Shore Parks, CESP, for its efforts to negotiate the preservation and restoration of the north Richmond shoreline as a condition of dropping their lawsuit and allowing the Point Molate casino to move forward. I believe that preservation and restoration of our wetlands is essential.

Despite these positive developments, however, I remain concerned that a large casino will be bad for Richmond and I remain opposed to the Point Molate casino. I do not believe that a casino will bring the kind of jobs and economic development that will make Richmond an attractive place to live and work. I remain concerned about the social ills which casinos often bring. I believe that we must find other ways to preserve and restore our wetlands.

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