In this week’s Las Vegas Business Press, I muse a bit about what the start of pool season really means in Las Vegas:
The weathers warming up, which in postrecession Las Vegas means one thing: pool season is here. Once, that would have meant little more than seasonal employees dusting off the lounge chairs and balancing the waters ph. Now, it entails celebrity disc jockeys, cabana reservations, and the sound of cash registers jingling. And that says a great deal about Vegas greatest asset — its ability to evolve.
via Las Vegas Business Press :: David G. Schwartz : Pool season reflects LVs ability to evolve.
It really is amazing how much casinos have changed, yet how much they stay the same.
Great story from KLAS about efforts to police the seamier side of the Las Vegas casino pool culture:
Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak says what happens in European-style pools around the world doesn't necessarily happen in Las Vegas. "International visitors have increased considerably, and this is something that they've asked for," Commissioner Sisolak said. "There is certain behavior that's acceptable. There's certain behavior that's not acceptable… Lewd behavior will absolutely, 100 percent not be tolerated. That's not what this is about. It's not a party atmosphere."
The atmosphere turned into a hard-core party last summer at the Rio's Sapphire pool. Police arrested eleven people on a plethora of charges including prostitution and drugs.
"A lot of people said, 'What did you expect when you had a strip club running a swimming pool? You should have been able to figure that if you had dynamite and matches, they weren't going to mix very well,' which is true. I think we learned our lessons there," Commissioner Sisolak said.
Another undercover operation last year netted eight arrests for drugs and prostitution at the Hard Rock's Rehab pool party. "Nobody wants to abuse this, and if anybody gets out of line, appropriate action will be taken swiftly," Sisolak said.
via County Issues Warning to Las Vegas Strip Pool Operators – KLAS-TV Channel 8 News Las Vegas.
Here’s the story itself. I encourage you to watch it, if only to enjoy reporter Aaron Drawhorn’s read, which I think is one of the best in town.
There’s going to be a Metro detail policing this stuff this summer…I’m sure guys are dreading being picked for that one.