The governing council of Bermuda’s capital and port city of Hamilton has come out in support of cruise ships allowing gambling while docked at the popular tourist town.
The council voted in favor of writing a letter of approval to Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Derrick Burgess that would allow the government of the British Overseas Territory to decide the hours during which shipboard gaming would be permitted.
“I think our message should be that we would welcome it,” Alderman John Harvey said at a recent council meeting. “I believe our merchants require it.”
Mayor Charles Gosling said final authorization rests with the national government and would have to be passed through the parliament. As such, shipboard gambling could not be expected until the end of the current season, or next year, at the earliest, he said.