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May 28, 2005

But what will the feds say?

William D.Ashton, whose engineering firm has handled a lot of riverfront work for Davenport, says the Isle of Capri has nada chance of getting the federal permits needed to move upstream next to its proposed hotel.

Writing in the River Cities Reader, Mr. Ashton offers a serious alternative to the IOC's current proposal.

Given what he says, the alderpeople need get a lot better informed about the permit issues and the role to be played by the Corps of Engineers and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- one more reason not to rush the vote.

It does seems certain now that the vote won't happen June 1. The do-it-fast crowd, in the face of additional questions from the alderpeople, is now in minimize-the-delay mode. Alderperson McGivern, who's pushed hardest for an early vote, seemed to concede delay is inevitable when he said Thursday he'll ask that any postponement be for no longer than a week, to June 7.

The next big step comes Tuesday at 4:30 at city hall, when there'll be public hearings on various aspects of the proposed IOC-city deal.

Posted by jcb at May 28, 2005 08:31 PM