Truckstop with gambling machines spurs local opposition

| 3/20/2003

A 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 March 14.

Local 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.

The project, which would replace a gas station and convenience store, would include parking for roughly 100 trucks.

According 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.