Talk:Florence, Oregon

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Where can I find sources about the history of Oregon placenames and Northwest Indians? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 199.8.236.5 (talkcontribs) 15:11, November 28, 2004 (UTC)

History section[edit]

First, one incident should not dominate a history section. The ongoing issue about the casino is noteworthy, but really should be a sentence or two tops. Wikipedia is not a blog where parties can air their views. It needs to be written from a neutral point of view, see WP:NPOV for details. Second, the citations used, one are in a wrong format, but two should not be used. Please read WP:CITE for appropriate sources. Basically, needs to be from a third party, not the people opposing the casino (try a newspaper). Which these leads to the final issue, please read about conlficts of interest to see if you should be contributing to this issue. Contribute to the article, but probably best to avoid the casino issue. Aboutmovies 18:46, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

Following the 1987 United States Supreme Court ruling in California v. Cabazon band of Mission Indians, which opened the door for Native American-owned casinos, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians sought to build one to improve their economic resources, and in 1998 purchased a 98 acre (397,000 m²) lot next to the Coastal Highland neighborhood at the eastern city limits of Florence as the site of their casino complex, with plans to build a 100+ room hotel, and other 'destination' amenities. At first the U.S. Department of the Interior ruled that this land was not tribal property, which would prohibit the construction of the casino, but political pressure and a subsequent court ruling overturned that decision. Then for a number of years, the state of Oregon fought the construction of a casino, until Ted Kulongoski was elected. Once in office, Governor Kulongoski dropped the lawsuit that would have prevented a casino from locating in this small coastal town. A local group, People Against a Casino Town (PACT) http://www.pactoregon.org, filed a lawsuit against the Governor on September 15, 2003 to block his approval of the casino. That lawsuit continues as of March 2007. PACT draws its support from the retirees who have settled in Florence over the last two decades.
Despite this opposition, the casino opened on June 19, 2004. Due to a ruling by Oregon's Land Use Board of Appeals, http://www.oregon.gov/LUBA/docs/Opinions/2006/08-06/06068.pdf), the casino has had to build its own sewer and water system, and provide its own police protection. While most Oregon cities that have worked with Native American groups in the planning and construction of their casinos (e.g. Lincoln City, Oregon (http://www.pactoregon.org/facts-siletzagrmt.html) and North Bend, Oregon (http://www.pactoregon.org/facts-coquilleagrmt.html) have shared in the gambling revenues, no such agreement currently exists between the Confederated Tribes and Florence. The Governor has also allowed the casinos in Oregon to purchase liquor from the state for about one-half the price that non-casino businesses must pay. (http://www.pactoregon.org/research-pact-olcc.html) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Aboutmovies (talkcontribs) 18:49, 2 March 2007 (UTC).

External links[edit]

Despite the threatening message in the page text, I have added an external link to the Wikitravel page, since this is standard practice for places where such a page exists. seglea (talk) 20:00, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

It's threatening because Oregon Coastal articles attract a lot of link spam. (See WikiProject Spam for details.) The current version of the threatening message is here: {{No more links}}. Sorry you found it objectionable. But we really would have preferred if you had asked about adding the link first. Anyway, where does it say it's standard practice to add links to Wikitravel? Because I haven't looked at WP:EL closely lately, but I thought in general it's discouraged to link to other wikis. Because wikis are inherently unreliable. (And for those who don't know, Wikitravel is not part of the Wikimedia Foundation, unlike Wikimedia Commons and some of the other sister projects that are linked to on Wikipedia.) Katr67 (talk) 21:03, 8 September 2009 (UTC)