MIDFIELD, AL (WBRC) - Some folks in Midfield are disappointed.
A new bingo hall was set to open just off the Bessemer Superhighway at the old Winn-Dixie Grocery location. Several people showed up to play electronic bingo but were disappointed the facility would not open for another ten day to two weeks."I was shocked. We need bingo. I'm sick of gong to MIssissippi. I don't know what to do," Nattie McCants said
"I got dropped off to play Bingo. I get here and they are closed. They are not open," Bonnie Busby said.
A sign on the door announced the facility would not open or take applications for now. Attorney Calvin Biggers who represents The Israel Community Development Corporation which plans to open the gaming hall says there were construction delays."Our delay in opening is due solely to the fact involving construction projects involve a lot of moving parts. It has taken us a little bit longer than we thought," Biggers said.
Biggers expects when the facility is up and running it will hire almost 200 employees and pour about a $100,000 into Midfield coffers. As for the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gamblng, Biggers insists their machines are legal according to the new guidelines established by the Alabama Supreme Court. "We plan to comply with the all levels of the law, state local and all forms of federal law. In terms of our operation, we don't anticipate a problem," Biggers said.
Those who plan to gamble at the facility say they will be very upset if the governor's task force shuts it down. "John Tyson is out of control. Way out of control. You can't treat anybody like that and get away with it. Anybody who is in obstruction of justice it's him," McCants said.