Proposed Osoyoos casino receives support from town council

A request to support a proposed casino in Osoyoos received hearty backing from town council this week.

On Tuesday, council voted to support the proposed casino, which needs provincial approval, to be built on Highway 3 on land owned by the Osoyoos Indian Band.

According to city hall documents, the casino will be 6,000 to 7,500 square feet in size and will feature 100 to 150 slot machines, 100 bingo machines and a 50- to 60-seat pub or bistro.

In a report to town council, it was noted that Osoyoos mayor Sue McKortoff and town chief administrative officer Allan Chabot met with Osoyoos Indian band Chief Clarence Louie and Mike Campol, managing partner of Nation First Investment Group.

“At that meeting, it was requested that mayor and council consider lending their support to an application from the band for a community gaming centre to be built on band land across the street from the Petro Canada gas station on Highway 3 in Osoyoos,” said the report.

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