Casino thoughts

The City purchase of the riverboat Casino
has been a hot topic of late, and there
have been, and still will be, informational
meetings on the subject.

We would like to clarify the fact that we
have no car in this race. I haven’t even
been inside 2 of the 3 local Casinos, and the
one I was in was for a Car Club breakfast.

This is because I don’t gamble. And you may
find this hard to believe, but I also don’t
work for the City, or have a relative
employed there.

Some want to lay blame on one entity or
another, but who? The City blames the IOC,
the IOC hasn’t really blamed anyone, and
some citizens blame everyone involved.

But the IOC is just trying to sell a
business in a over-saturated market with
limited options for growth and a tiny
potential buyer pool.

The City is trying to make the best of
a white elephant of their own doing. We
seem to remember Goober railing about how
the IOC weren’t living up to their end of
the contract.

As mentioned before, sale of the Rhythm
City Casino proved harder than thought
because of the fore mentioned over-
saturated market in our area.

We also feel that whatever is done now
will be too little, too late. If those
involved could have played well together
and expanded before the current upgrading
of the other Casinos, it may have worked.

Too many unanswered questions, this
progressive “we have to do this then
explain it” mentality, and the belief
the Casino remain downtown helped our
decision.

Profits going in the general fund with no
restrictions on use appears to be more of
a slush-fund for City leaders than a real
benefit to our city.

This being said, we can’t get behind the
City owning the Casino.
Comments are always welcome.

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8 Responses to Casino thoughts

  1. thescoundrel says:

    Gambling ain’t my hobby. I was at the QC Downs once when they were still running buggy races and I was on the boat once. AT both places I was up twenty dollars then lost the twenty plus the twenty I had allotted for gamble with. That was enough gambling for me and left both times. I figure I gotta another 10 years before my next trip to a gambling establishment.

  2. AnonymouS says:

    I drove by to take a look at the boat as I hadn’t been near it in the last few years, and it looks old and dumpy. It’s hard to understand how it can be worth so much money. What’s to keep the city from not renewing the boat’s licence, and then sell a new licence to whomever wants to build a new casino out by 280?

  3. AnonymouS says:

    While I was down there, I got to see the semi stuck under the bridge. It wasn’t totally his fault. It was obvious he was following the TRUCK DETOUR sign on river drive, but there’s only a very small sign that directs them right on 3rd street. Miss that dinky sign – hit a bridge. Poor guy is probably going to get fired over Davenport’s inability to set up a detour that people can understand.

  4. Shagon says:

    The “moderated “Quad City Times chat with Ridolfi was a scham. Guess the Times is getting a good chunk of change in gaming advertiseing from the City in exhange.I honestly don’t understand how the people of Davenport put up with this crap.Not an honest Alderman willing to stand up. Geeze, what a bunch of losers

  5. cruisin2 says:

    scoundrel,
    lol, that’s why I don’t go. If it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all.

    AnonymouS,
    RDA owns the license and that won’t change. The operator of the Casino would change. We just don’t see any benefit to building a Casino on one of the Interstate highways with so many other Casinos all around us. The truck-eating bridges are something the City Council should be working on.

    Shagon,
    the people put with it because the City treats them like mushrooms.
    They keep us in the dark and fill us full of BS.

  6. Flora says:

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

  7. AnonymouS says:

    It was interesting at the Council Meeting last night that even Alderman Meeker didn’t seem to understand the RDA license and had to ask questions. And he was voting on it. Scary.

  8. cruisin2 says:

    Flora,
    glad it worked out for you.

    AnonymouS,
    just another “we have to pass it to know what’s in it” issue.

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