Casino Watch Focus explained that with the closing of the President Casino in St Louis, Missouri families have found themselves in a situation where a new mega casino can be built anywhere along the Missouri or Mississippi Rivers. Cape Girardeau is one of the most talked about locations for a new casino. However, the city has a long standing vote on record which prevents the development of a casino in the area. The Southeast Missourian reported that the Quality for Life group believes they have acquired enough petition signatures to put the issue to a new vote.
It was originally reported that the Missouri Gaming Commission would make a decision by September, thus eliminating the possibility of the new license being granted in Cape. However, the Commission later stated that they would push the decision back to the end of the year. It was believed at the time that the Commission didn’t want to close the door on Cape and new sources are confirming this speculation:
It appears likely that the Missouri Gaming Commission will not select a community to develop Missouri’s 13th casino until after Cape Girardeau voters render a verdict on gambling locally.
But exactly when the gaming commission will select an applicant to construct the state’s next casino is uncertain. The commission has only one scheduled meeting after Nov. 2, on Dec. 1, and at Cape Girardeau’s City Council special meeting on casino proposals last week, representatives of one applicant suggested that the selection won’t be made until 2011.
The Spokeswoman for the Gaming Commission said they are still planning to have a decision by the end of the year. It seems like the fate of families in Cape Girardeau and the surrounding southeast will come down to authentication of the petition signatures and the vote that is likely to proceed.