Social and enconomic IMPACT

There is extensive literature about the social and economic effects that casinos have on society, and more obscure impacts. 

Gambling has resulted in economic and social costs individuals and families, as well as to communities in many areas. Such costs include traffic congestion, demand for more public infrastructure or services (roads, schools, police, fire protection, etc.), environmental effects, displacement of local residents, increased crime, and pathological  gambling.

The reason for Rincón’s success in tourism has been the natural resources the town has to offer and, mainly, Surfing. If we allow the mega hotel and casino to be built, we would potentially lose the visitors that have been coming to Rincón for over 50 years, as they come to experience the essence of our small town, not looking for resorts and casinos.

Gentrification is a very real impact of this kind of development, and property values of neighbors may suffer negative impacts.

The Atlantic wrote an interesting article studying the negative impact a casino can have on a local economy: