DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - During his recent visit to the wiregrass, Alabama Governor Bob Riley told members of Dothan's Rotary Club that he supports Country Crossing.
The news turned heads and caught the attention of project developers.
Governor riley surprised many members of the Dothan Rotary Club when he talked openly about the country crossing development.
"I am a hundred percent behind Country Crossing," said Riley.
The governor says he'd love to see the entertainment venue draw hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the country and create economic vitality in the wiregrass.
With one exception.
"The only thing that I have ever said is that you can't do anything here that is illegal. That is it," explained Riley.
Country Crossing developers welcomed the governor's support and agrees with the Mr. Riley's attempts to close illegal gaming operations in the state.
"We don't want anything illegal in the state, whether it's with electronic bingo or anything else," says Doug Rainer, director of communications for Ronnie Gilley Properties.
Country Crossings' management continues to assure folks in the wiregrass that they're legit.
"Were confident that our project is along every guideline that the state calls for," adds Rainer.
Developers hope to open more lines of communication with the governor's office and they say they're still on target to open phase one of Country Crossing on December 1st.
Once phase one of the project is complete, work will begin immediately on phase two. Developers expect construction on the entire venue to take about seven years.