Cape Girardeau officials, Isle of Capri execs make pitch for casino

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 | 12:58 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY – A casino in downtown Cape Girardeau would be a "game-changer" for the community as well as generate more incremental state revenue than any of the other competitors for Missouri's 13th gaming license.

That was the message city officials and Isle of Capri Casino executives gave to the Missouri Gaming Commission on Wednesday during an all-day hearing at the Doubletree Hotel.

"I would respectfully suggest that Cape Girardeau represents the best opportunity for the state of Missouri," Mayor Harry Rediger told the five-member commission. "By selecting Cape Girardeau and Isle, Missouri will have a financed project, a licensed operator, a site without permit issues, and a location that adds the most tax dollars to the state of Missouri."

But they went up against two other companies who tried to convince the commission otherwise. Paragon Gaming wants to put a casino in Sugar Creek near Kansas City and Koman Properties hopes to get the license for its Casino Celebration casino in St. Louis.

The Cape Girardeau pitch was heard first after a drawing. The hearing continued with Paragon giving its presentation, followed by Koman.

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