NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Get out your quarters because casino boats are officially on their way to North Charleston.
The city council voted 9 to 1 in favor of bringing in a new source of revenue Thursday night. The vote passed with all members voting yes except Steve Ayer.
"I don't think the amount is going to be as high as some people are projecting, but it's going to be new revenue," said city councilman Edward Astle.
Astle said people could start gambling as soon as January.
Since the idea of casino boats came about, some religious leaders in the community have spoken out against the floating casinos.
"It's sad when kids don't get presents on Christmas because their Dad gambled it all away," said Pastor Eddie Willis of Friendship Baptist Church.
Officials say that casino boats could be sailing out of the old Navy base as soon as December. Officials estimate that casino boats could bring anywhere from $700,000 to $1 million dollars to the local economy.
"I would hope the mayor and city council would get all kinds of phone calls and emails in opposition to it," Williams added.
The majority of people at Thursday night's meeting seemed to be on board with casino boats.