Metro Council approves casino, LSU annexations
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Metro Council approved petitions Wednesday to annex several portions of land in the southern part of the parish into the city limits of Baton Rouge.
The property includes the L'Auberge Casino, LSU Ben Hur Research Substation and Fire Training Ground, as well as several other businesses in the area.
The annexations are the latest from the area of the parish which is being considered for incorporation into its own city, St. George. L'Auberge Casino's annexation removes a significant revenue-generating property from the proposed city's boundaries.
St. George organizers said their proposed city budget would still work even without those properties as revenue generators, and accused the city of undermining the democratic process with the annexations.
A petition to incorporate the proposed St. George area has been submitted for approval to the Registrar of Voters office. If certified, the measure would be put up for a vote in the spring.