Caesars LINQ Not a Good Neighbor, Say Las Vegans

Residents of Las Vegas who live near Caesars’ LINQ development are griping about excessive noise, traffic and trash from special events held in the outdoor parking lot. Some neighbors have complained about rattling windows and noise they have compared to bomb blasts.

Some city officials sympathetic

More than 50 Las Vegas residents who live near Caesars’ LINQ project have sent emails to Clark County officials complaining there is too much noise, traffic and litter generated at the property’s existing parking lot. Caesars Entertainment now wants to expand the Strip’s Gaming Enterprise District to include the 38-acre parking area.

“They claim they’re being good corporate citizens, but they’re not,” resident and community activist Rich Worthington told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In April, when the LINQ parking lot hosted the Academy of Country Music awards, the outdoor event created a public nuisance for 1,400 nearby households, Worthington said.

In a letter to the Paradise Town Board, Park Towers resident Pam Krug said there was so much ambient noise, she and her husband “honestly thought a bomb had gone off. There was an immediate shaking vibration of the windows throughout our unit—particularly our floor-to-ceiling living room windows.”

Worthington added, “Our windows were shaking on April 4 and 5 and it went to 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning. We finally got to sleep and the sound checks started at 7 a.m. the next day.”

Resident groups took their complaints to a county Planning Commission meeting last week and will also voice their displeasure at an upcoming County Commission meeting. Though the issue was on the agenda for December, Caesars asked that its request to move the lot into the Gaming Enterprise District be delayed until January.

Meanwhile, Clark County Assistant Planning Manager Lebene Ohene said Caesars did not obtain a special-use permit to hold the ACM awards. “A parking lot is not a concert site,” she said.

Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani added that the Red Bull Global Rallycross, a car race held at the lot earlier this month, was “obnoxiously” loud and “very invasive.”