plan to build a truckstop with video poker machines has drawn local
opposition in Marrero, LA, a town that lies across the Mississippi
River from New Orleans, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported
residents, churches and the Jefferson Parish Planning Advisory Board
have all expressed opposition to the project, which the newspaper
said would be built near a residential neighborhood.
project, which would replace a gas station and convenience store,
would include parking for roughly 100 trucks.
to the report, the planning board in part cited the lack of a buffer
between the truckstop and local homes in the plan. A 500-foot-wide
buffer area is required under local rules. Some residents complained
that a truckstop would bring drugs and prostitution into the area,
and others said the plan was camouflage for bringing in a casino.