I have some friends there who say the Gulf has come back quite nicely from katrina and some of the other storms. The gambling industry there has been instrumental in getting the economies there back up and running again so I think many of the residents of those areas are pretty grateful for their contributions.
The casinos do play a large part in the economy of that geographic region. There are probably a lot of people who depend on them for jobs as well as entertainmnet. Glad to have them back up and running.