Toronto Island Mulls Casino And Brothel TourismMarch 23, 2011 11:48 am
Toronto city councillor Giorgio Mammoliti has some pretty extreme ideas when it comes to addressing the city’s $784 million budget shortfall next year, and has now proposed a brothel to go with his suggestion of a floating casino on the Toronto islands.
Toronto boasts parks, yacht clubs and respected residential neighbourhoods opposite its harbour on the Toronto Islands, but Mammoliti believes the time is now ripe to cash in on the lucrative sex and gambling industries. As councillor Giorgio Mammoliti explains:
“To put it in an area away from the city might make some sense, and the islands fit the bill. The industry exists and we’re not making a penny from it…I haven’t raised it with the mayor and his people yet, but I will.”
Colouring Mammoliti’s perspective is the fact a nudist beach already exists on the island at Hanlan’s Point which, he says, makes it an ideal location for a red-light district. Responding to critics who argue that a brothel would ruin the islands wholesome reputation, Mammoliti replied:
“I’m not sure how wholesome it is with the whole nude beach. If you look hard enough, you’ll find somebody without pants on.”
However, people opposed to the casino/brothel move have dismissed Mammoliti’s suggestions as way off the mark, and have argued the island would be better served without their introduction.
As Marci Crist, a guest house owner on the island, points out a nudist beach is not actually related to selling sex, and besides crime on the island is likely to escalate with the introduction of a casino/brothel.
“There’s virtually no crime on the island and, with the kind of crowd that [they] would bring, that might not be possible,” said Crist.
It would seem councillor Giorgio Mammoliti has still a long way to go yet before he is able to convince locals of the merits of procuring “sin taxes.”