City officials last month shot down a proposal to put aminicasino in the old Beachcomber Restaurant in the West BayShopping plaza on Bay Street. The decision against the minicasinocame despite the Port Orchard Planning Commission's recommendationthe previous week to OK the project because it met local zoningstandards.

Council members said they rejected the minicasino'sconditional-use application because of environmental concerns andbecause the applicant didn't have the proper paperwork.

State law prohibits cities from regulating gaming. Communitiescan, however, ban minicasinos, and in recent years city officialsin nearby Poulsbo, Tacoma and Gig Harbor have done just that. ButPort Orchard has not established such a rule prohibitingcasinos.

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