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Regulators OK licenses for Lt. Gov, businessmen

Jun 10, 2003 9:54 PM

Two well-known local business figures, and the lieutenant governor of Nevada, were recommended for gaming licenses by the state Gaming Control Board in an otherwise routine meeting in Carson City last week.

The board signed off on the restricted license application submitted by Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt to share in the proceeds of 15 slot machines at her Bootlegger Bistro and lounge at 7700 Las Vegas Boulevard South. Hunt’s husband and partner, Charles "Blackie" Hunt, and the chefs of the eatery, Mary and Albert Perry, also were recommended for restricted licenses.

Lorraine Hunt owns 25 percent of the restaurant’s company, Perri Inc., in her position as president, and shares another 50 percent with Mary and Albert Perry. Charles Hunt owns the other 25 percent.

The lieutenant governor was not present at the board meeting, said executive secretary Marilyn Epling, who records notes for the Commission.

The recommendations were sent for consideration by the gaming commission, which meets June 19 in Carson City.

The board also forwarded to the commission an application by Las Vegas auto dealer Jim Marsh for a non-restricted license as sole officer, director and shareholder in the Skyline Casino in Henderson.

Marsh, who operates Jim March Chrysler-Jeep in Las Vegas, announced last week that he had signed a deal to buy the 40-year-old Skyline, located at 1741 N. Boulder Highway, for an undisclosed price from longtime owner John Kish. Marsh currently owns two casinos in Tonopah, but none in Clark County.

Shopping mall developer Herschel "Hank" Gordon was recommended for a restricted license, along with his four other partners, in Steiner’s ”” A Nevada-Style Pub, at 1750 N. Buffalo Drive. The bar would have 15 slots, with Gordon owning 51 percent and serving as member and manager, under Sea Breeze Entertainment Group, LLC.

Gordon, president of Laurich Properties, developed the $75 million SunMark Plaza retail plaza in Henderson on land he bought from Sunset Station hotel-casino in 1999. He is redeveloping the Park Place Shopping Center at Maryland Parkway and Twain Avenue with the Molasky Cos.

In other matters, the gaming board:

”¡ recommended that Lynn Bennett, widow of William G. Bennett, former owner of the Sahara Hotel, receive an exemption from a finding of suitability to serve as trustee for the community property trust that bears hers and her husband’s names. The co-trustee is Northern Trust Bank of California.

William Bennett, who died last December at age 78, helped build the old Circus Circus Enterprises Inc. into a major gaming company. He left Circus Circus to take over the Sahara Hotel in 1995.

”¡ recommended that G.W.L. Enterprises Inc., part owner of the Marti Gras Inn Casino at 3500 Paradise Road, be allowed to transfer 40 percent of the business to J.P.P.J. of Nevada, Inc., and that J.P.P.J. receive a casino license.

”¡ referred the application by Robert Ferranti, Sr., for a restricted license to run 15 gaming machines at Las Vegas Bar & Liquors at 1600 E. Sahara Ave., back to staff for further investigation.