Casino Watch Focus has reported that Cape Girardeau appears to be the location of choice for Missouri’s 13th casino license. The Missouri Gaming Commission set the deadline to receive applications for September 1st. The Southeast Missourian is reporting that the Cape Girardeau City Council wanted to send a clear message that they were serious about the obtaining the license:
[Mayor Harry] Rediger said it’s important to act now with the Missouri Gaming Commission’s Sept. 1 deadline for applications for the lone casino license available in Missouri. A Nov. 2 election will give Cape Girardeau voters a chance to allow or remove the city from consideration by the gaming commission.
“The gaming commission and everybody knows everything hinges on the vote in November,” Rediger said. “But we’re ready to move forward and promote Cape Girardeau. We want to be sure they know we’re seriously interested in obtaining that license.”
The News Tribune reported the council voted to support the Isle of Capri:
The Cape Girardeau City Council voted Thursday night to give “preferred developer” status to the St. Louis-based Isle of Capri’s proposal to build a $125 million casino. The Southeast Missourian reports that the vote came after city staff and council members said Isle of Capri officials had been open with their plans for the casino. In contrast, they said, St. Louis Capital Partners is waiting to unveil its plans until it submits an application with the Missouri Gaming Commission. Isle of Capri is proposing a casino with room for 1,200 people to play slot machines and table games, restaurants, a bar and a 750-seat conference and entertainment venue.