Reopening scheduled for beginning of May
On Apr. 1 the doors of the Shoalwater Bay Casino were closed to the public, albeit only for 30 days. During this 30-day period the casino is undergoing a complete interior and exterior renovation.
According to casino General Manager Johnny Winokur, "The doors were closed March 31 at midnight, and we started the first hammer at 2 a.m."
State and local officials gathered at a town hall meeting in Long Beach the evening of April 14. The event was hosted by the non-profit DoGoodnics, which co-founder Robert Brake described as having been formed two and a half years ago with the intent of helping other nonprofits in the peninsula area.
The Pacific Transit System Board voted to authorize Transit Director Rich Evans to make three additional hires in order to meet a shortage of drivers at the board's quarterly meeting on April 13.
The motion to allow Evans to hire one part-time driver in addition to two drivers who are each guaranteed a minimum of 75 hours a month was made by South Bend Mayor Julie Struck and passed unanimously. The motion also authorizes Evans to approve providing Commercial Driver License training for candidates at his discretion.