A sizable drop in gambling is anything but good news according to Tunica County Supervisor James Dunn.
"We have seen a tremendous drop in gaming revenue over the last year and this is something that concerns us very much. Just last month it was in the double digits and that definitely concerns us."
Dunn says the casinos took a major hit in the spring flooding of 2011, and that much of the gaming business in Tunica dried up with the water.
"Well the majority of the casinos were closed less than thirty days, but the traffic pattern changed and we started losing our market to Arkansas and to the racetrack and so a large part of that market we have been unable to recapture."
In short, a large part of Tunica's gaming revenue has gone to the dogs, it's gone to Southland Greyhound park in Arkansas. Leaving Tunica on Highway 61, there is a mile long stretch of signs advertising everything at Southland from food to free play to gas savings.
"Well I think that is their marketing plan, we have a lot of tourists that come into this community and I think their objective is to say yes, we have Southland Greyhound also, I think that is expected. We have got to do these things that are going to make Tunica more attractive."
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