GRAVENHURST - Although Gravenhurst has submitted a request to be considered for one of the Ontario Lottery Gaming Commission’s (OLG) gaming site licences, there is little chance one will end up here.
OLG spokesperson Tony Bitonti explained in an interview with the Banner that there are currently 29 zones where OLG will be considering allotting the licences, but Gravenhurst does not appear in any of those.
“We have an acknowledgment it (Gravenhurst) would like to be on the list (to be considered as a future gaming site host), but it does not fall within a boundary we are considering,” he said.
He explained separate zones around Barrie-Innisfil, Rama and Collingwood-Washago would be the closest regions to Gravenhurst being considered, while another rests further north around North Bay and Sudbury. Bitonti said that while the province has made slight alterations to a few of the defined zones recently, “It is not likely the boundaries will change in a way that would include Gravenhurst.”
“There really just isn’t an opportunity the boundaries would change,” he added.
Just this past November, Peter Freed, owner of Muskoka Bay Development Corporation approached town council about investigating the possibility of bringing one of the OLG site licences to Gravenhurst. They supported the idea of requesting to be on the list for consideration as a way to explore a new tourism attraction that would be located in the municipality, just off of Highway 11.