South Coast first casino to earn EPA designation

Oct 11, 2005 5:46 AM

Boyd Gaming’s South Coast Hotel and Casino, which is scheduled to open in early 2006, has become the first Las Vegas casino to receive the Best Workplace for Commuters designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In times of rapidly rising fuel costs, the Best Workplace for Commuters program is designed to reduce traffic congestion, traffic-related air pollution and commuting costs. It recognizes employers who provide incentives to employees for selecting alternative methods of getting to work.

"Coast Casinos takes pride in creating an employee friendly place to work," said Mike Gaughan, Jr., South Coast vice president and general manager. "Earning this designation demonstrates our commitment to our South Coast employees and to the community."

In partnership with the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), South Coast will subsidize bus passes for its employees and reward employees for walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling or using mass transit to get to work.

Participation in a RTC commuter program will make South Coast employees eligible for preferred parking, cash prizes, and other incentives.

"We believe our commuter benefits will help us in our recruitment efforts," Gaughan said. "We are looking for employees throughout the Las Vegas area."

South Coast Hotel and Casino is the newest Coast Casinos property, a division of Boyd Gaming. The $600 million property will have 1,350 rooms and feature all the gaming and entertainment amenities found at other Coast Casino properties including a 16-screen movie theater complex, 600-seat bingo room, 64-lane bowling center, race and sports book and six restaurants.

In addition to its 80,000 sq. ft. casino, South Coast also will feature extensive exhibit, convention and banquet space. Unique to South Coast will be a state-of-the-art Equestrian Center designed to be one of the finest indoor horse facilities in North America.