Despite concerns from a number of major airline operators, the Clark County Commission has given green signal to a massive gaming project that will result in development of 20-storey Dream Las Vegas casino resort near McCarran Airport.
Earlier this week, members of the Clark County Commission voted 6-1 to approve proposed Dream Las Vegas casino resort. To be located at a distance of just around five acres from the McCarran Airport, the massive gaming property will be separated from the airport by a chain-link fence.
The site of the proposed gaming property is at the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip, just east of some hotel-casinos on the resort corridor. It is due to its location that it falls under the jurisdiction of the Clark County Commission.
It will be the closet gaming property to the airport’s runways. Several major airlines, including the likes of Southwest Airline, Delta Airline, American Airline, and United Airline, opposed the project. They expressed concerns about unlawful lighting, drones and lasers could cause “flash blindness” in the cockpit.
Appearing before the commission, Clark County Aviation Director Rosemary Vassiliadis said that the developers could mitigate but not eliminate the airlines’ security and safety concerns.
Opposing the casino project, Vassiliadis said, “Pilots like open, vacant space, so with that, they will not support a project like this.”
Nevertheless, the Clark County Commission voted 6-1 to approve the controversial gaming project. The only vote opposing the project came from Ross Miller. He argued how the county could allow hotel-casinos directly on top of its airport.
Commission members granted approval to the project after Attorney Tony Celeste, a representative of the developers David Daneshforooz and Bill Shopoff, assured them that the project will include a range of safety measures, including a nine feet tall, double-reinforced security wall at the property. Only authorized vehicles will be allowed inside the property, and a “glass-break detector system” will be installed in each hotel room to immediately notify security guards if anyone attempts to break the windows.
The developers of the proposed Dream Las Vegas casino resort have indicated that construction of the 527-room gaming property could start sometime in late second quarter or early third quarter of 2022. The controversial gaming venue is expected to be opened to the public around a couple of years later.