From the AP wire comes this story-- Groundbreaking set for Cape Girardeau casino:
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Isle of Capri is preparing to begin work this week on a $125 million casino in Cape Girardeau.The following comment on this story was left by Bransonman at 8:06 AM on March 28, 2011:
The Southeast Missourian reports the groundbreaking ceremony for the state's newest casino is scheduled Thursday afternoon.
The Missouri Gaming Commission awarded the casino license to Isle of Capri in December.
Plans call for a casino along the Mississippi River with 1,000 slot machines, 28 table games, three restaurants, a lounge and a terrace overlooking the river, along with a 750-seat event center.
"The first and most important thing that defeated Rockaway Beach's chance of getting casino gambling was the opposition of Branson. Under the leadership of Peter Herschend (of Silver Dollar City) and with the full support of the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Branson, the majority of the Branson tourism industry, and a lot of members within the community, that opposition out maneuvered and out politiced the better funded Rockaway Beach effort at every turn.Billy Long's our congressman and he frequents casinos, maybe he'll come through for Rockaway Beach?
A formidable factor that contributed to the issues defeat was that the other casino gambling destinations, for obvious reasons, did not support Rockaway Beach's efforts. Boonville residents wanted to protect their casino from competition and for that reason, the Boonville Chamber of Commerce voted to oppose Rockaway's efforts. It's not very likely that the voters in Kansas City, St. Louis, and other areas that have casinos felt very much different." (Branson Courier 2006)
Our Missouri Congress ruled, casinos have to be on a river that can be "NAVIGATED" ie, Missouri and Mississippi rivers. This was a scam created to keep Rockaway Beach from having a casino. Crooked politics!
S. W. Mo. Representatives and Senators did not do a d**med thing to help Rockaway Beach. They walked the Hershend line. Just a few years prior they used OUR tax money to build the Ozark Mountain Highroad which is a fabulous 7 mile driveway to Silver Dollar City.
Kansas City, Boonville, St. Charles, St. Louis and now Cape Girardeau have casinos, meanwhile a casino 1,000 ft. from the Missouri state line near Joplin (Downstream) is making tens of thousands of $$ each day. Much of that money comes from S. W. Missourians.
Busloads of people from Branson travel to gamble every day!
We could be making money right here if our politicians stood up for us.
Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Mo. Congressmen WILL YOU GO TO BAT FOR US and try to get a casino in S.W. Missouri?
NL, will you ask them?
Missouri needs $$$ and we know where it is!
Or maybe he's got his hands full, not of aces, but with the mess he got himself into by supporting Peter King's internet kill switch bill. The summer bus garage is the "B's Nest", located across the street from the proposed Rockaway Beach casino.