New $500-million casino coming to Las Vegas
By Bob Garcia
Casino Dream Las Vegas will be built near McCarran International Airport
Las Vegas will continue to be filled with more huge and prestigious casinos, according to the latest update regarding the construction of the Casino Dream Las Vegas. Although many airlines have expressed some concern due to the proximity to McCarran International Airport, construction is scheduled to begin next year on a 20-story hotel-casino.
The news comes after last week’s 527-room Dream Las Vegas complex received the green light from the Clark County Commission in a 6-1 vote. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the new future resort sits on five acres now separated from the airport by a chain-link fence.
Commission member Ross Miller was the only one to vote against the $500-million project. In his view, consideration should be given to whether the county will allow hotel-casinos directly above the airport. The airport is at the southern end of The Strip, east of the major hotel-casinos in the resort corridor. Due to certain boundaries with Sin City, it is under the jurisdiction of the County Commission.
Airlines such as Delta, United Airlines, Southwest and American Airlines have said they do not fully agree with the new development, especially because of concerns about lasers, illegal drones and other lights that could cause “flash blindness” in the cockpit. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) undertook the task of conducting an assessment and noted that there is a risk to aircraft and passengers due to possible “active shooters” or people throwing objects over the fence.
In an effort to mitigate any potential threat or danger to airlines and hotel guests, Bill Shopoff and David Daneshforooz, developers of the Dream Las Vegas, will include a variety of security measures like a “nine-foot-high double-braced security wall” on the property.