Douglas County planners have given actor Max Baer Jr. the go-ahead for his $110 million Beverly Hillbillies Mansion & Casino, but without the hotel towers or the Texas tea.
While approving zoning changes and a gaming use permit, the Planning Commission denied three major variances that the casino backers said are necessary for the success of the project - 12-story hotel towers, a 200-foot oil derrick that would stand as an icon near the entrance of the 23-acre site and a 2,600 square foot computerized sign that would hang on the lower end of the derrick.
Baer, who played the dimbulb Jethro Bodine on the 1960s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, said he was disappointed but undeterred with the planning commission's ruling.
Planning commissioner Michael Olson noted the derrick would be the tallest structure in the Carson Valley.
Baer was adamant that he would not back down on his proposal for the oil derrick or the 12-story hotel. The project goes next month before the Douglas County Commission.
The hotel-casino, billed as a destination resort by Baer, would include a 40,000-square foot gaming area with 800 slots, 16 tables and a sports betting area.
"We'll see how the vote of the commissioners goes on the second of next month," Baer said.
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