Started in 2004 as a response to the ever expanding and negative impact that Lincoln Greyhound Park, as it was known at the time, was having on our town, the organization quickly grew to over 100 members from all over Lincoln.
People were dissatisfied with their town government, the inability to make public comment at town meetings until the very end of the meeting (when the votes were taken by the council), back room deals made without public knowledge and most of all, a sense of helplessness fighting the creation and expansion of what was to become the largest video slots parlor in the United States, "Twin River".
Referendums were held more than once and the towns people spoke..No expansion of gambling! Any form of referendum, town council recomendation, committee group, etc. all had the same results: the people of Lincoln defeated every proposal.
Yet, every few months, officials from Twin River would approach the council and the zoning board, and one by one, got their requests for zoning variances to advance their plan to become a full fledged casino....
First it was increased lighting (from town allowed 25 feet to 50 feet high). Then it was to decrease the buffer zone on which they would be allowed to build from 800 feet from the property boundary to only 200 feet.
Then acres of additional parking, longer hours, more video slots, new video games that mimicked roulette and blackjack, then finally a push to open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All this in a bedroom community surrounded by one family houses on all four sides! No other casino in the country is allowed to operate like this...why do we allow it in Lincoln?