Wiregrass Newsroom: Second Support Rally Scheduled for Country Crossing

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

Dothan, Ala. (WSFA) -- The announcement of Governor Bob Riley's electronic gaming task force could pose a problem for the multimillion dollar entertainment venue Country Crossing.

Developer Ronnie Gilley dealt with opposition earlier in the project; however overwhelming support from the Wiregrass helped him push through.

It's been a busy week for Ronnie Gilley.

Since Governor Riley's announcement of an electronic gaming task force, Gilley has been flooded with questions about the future of the project.

"We were bombarded with emails and phone calls and what have you for the next two to three days afterwards," said Gilley.

Gilley also received an offer to move country crossing to the Mississippi gulf coast; however he says it's not one he is seriously considering.

Instead, Gilley is planning another public support rally for country crossing.

"I think it's been obvious since the very beginning there is an overwhelming support for our project and understandably so because it does bring about positive change for this region of the country and it will be something for everyone to behold," says Gilley.

Almost 2,000 people attended groundbreaking ceremonies in October 2008.

Gilley says he expects attendance to be much higher for this second rally, and is assuring everyone Country Crossing is staying in Houston County.

"The way we look at it you can't make history without a few challenges along the way," explained Gilley.

Phase one of Country Crossing is still expected to open later this year.

The date for the second rally hasn't been set; organizers are still working out schedules with potential entertainers.