The plan to run casino boats out of North Charleston has been delayed, and the first trips probably wont happen until mid-to-late February at the earliest.
Additionally, one of the operators said Tuesday it appears that only one boat instead of the projected two will run during the first few months to a year.
Al Shuman, president of Diamond Casino Cruz II, said Tuesday both entities that applied for North Charleston operating licenses are looking to join forces until they have a better idea of ridership demands. As it now stands, they are unsure about the demand for two boats, Shuman said.
In October, North Charleston City Council gave final approval of a measure allowing gambling boats to operate from its Cooper River waterfront. At the time, officials forecast that the boats could be running as soon as January.
Shuman said he still plans a jobs fair in early February for the multiple positions on the vessel, including bartenders and waitresses. As many as 100 people or more will be hired, he said, adding that more details about the operation would be made available after the new year.