My guess is that they continue to operate illegally w/o licenses. Based on the story Bobbie Shuttleworth ran a few days ago it sounds as if the owners of the facility should train their employees on how to respond to the media. We can't help but wonder if this is the same employee who admitted that Sheriff Ana Franklin gave them permission to operate. By the way, Anonymous permission to run a casino is a lot different than simple bingo. If it looks like a casino, it operates like a casino, it probably is a casino. Who do these type operations hurt? The entire community, the county reputation, and the poor. We have heard numerous stories about the amount of money people are losing within our county on such activities. Say what you will about the Porch Casinos. They followed the rules of their business and their operation.
One thing is clear based on River City Entertainment's articles of incorporation. They did not identify their plans for a casino in Morgan County. They didn't even claim that the entertainment was bingo, gaming machines, or some other form of entertainment. One thing that was made clear through our communications with an owner and an employee is that the sheriff approved the operation. When you walk in River City Entertainment it is also obviously clear that it is set up like a casino.
What is also clear is that a lot of the patrons are from Madison County based on the tags in the casino parking lot. It really doesn't make sense that the casino operation was set up in Morgan County unless they had some kind of assurance from Sheriff Ana Franklin that they would be left alone to operate.
The building is leased. River City Entertainment did not purchase the building. Knowing some of the family who owns the building from Arab, I seriously doubt that they realized going in that the plans for the casino were in the making.
Franklin turns a blind eye to the preacher man who sells or gives marijuana to his flock and others and turns a blind eye to casinos set up in our own back door, what else has she turned a blind eye to? By the way, her drug task force is always out arresting those who are caught with marijuana and paraphernalia. So, why are some folks in the county allowed to open a casino or sell marijuana, or God only knows what else while others are arrested? Is the sheriff earning the additional pocket change to help keep up with the maintenance of her property in Saraland?