The controversial proposal to open a gambling casino near the Gettysburg battlefield was shot down this morning when the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board chose a different applicant for the license. This is the second time developer and philanthropist David LeVan has failed to convince the board that a site near the Gettysburg battlefield is the best place for a gaming business.
Instead, the board voted 6-1 to award the license to a resort in the southwestern part of the state, one of four contenders for the license.
With each proposal, LeVan stirred up local and national interest in his venture because Gettysburg is considered the premiere battlefield for Civil War travelers. The Civil War Trust, the country’s largest battlefield protection organization, led the charge each time to defeat the proposal.
Today, Trust president Jim Lighthizer said, “This is a great day, not just for Gettysburg, but for all historic sites. However, we must remember that this proposal was just a symptom of a larger problem — the numerous irreplaceable sites similarly besieged by ill-considered development.”