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May 12, 2005

Riverfront end game at hand

A draft of a new agreement between the city of Davenport and the Isle of Capri covering hotel/riverfront issues is now posted on the city's website.
There's also a schedule of related meetings, which lays out the possibility that a FINAL vote on the agreement could come by June 1.
Get to reading. Call an alderman. Tell him/her what you think, one way or the other.

Posted by jcb at May 12, 2005 03:25 PM


Why does the city need to rebate tax money to a profitable gaming enterprise that has already benefitted from the public largesse? Why would the city want to take a huge liability (the Blackhawk Hotel) off the Isle's hands for $1? Why, after there was a huge public turnout, much of the comment critical of present and proposed deals with the Isle, is the city trying to slam this through over the next few weeks?

Posted by: romkey at May 13, 2005 11:14 AM

The guys at the Isle have a nose for PR and they smell a dead carp under the boat on this one... So they figure things need to be hurried along before the weather warms up and the thing starts stinking even worse.

In other words, get the agreement approved before the posse gets even bigger.

I wish I had a pdf of the ridiculous flyer from the gambling guys I got in the mail at home this week. As propaganda, it's a masterpiece. Of course, you'd expect good work from people who convince the average Joe that he must might win some big money, even though the odds are so heavily not is his favor.

Call your alderman or live with a stinking carp.

Posted by: Vita at May 13, 2005 01:32 PM

Al Swearengen is alive and practicing politics in Davenport. And probably Bettendorf, too.

-- Guarnerius

Posted by: Anonymous at May 14, 2005 12:03 PM

Tolliver is probably lurking about, too.

Posted by: observer at May 16, 2005 03:38 PM