Casino supporters back their favorite plan during IRGC site visit
By Sarah Te Slaa, Multimedia Producer/ Anchor - email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
During the four visits, the casino operators did their best to 'wow' the five IRGC commissioners.
After all, the commissioners have the final say on who will get the one land-based, casino license. But, the public's support for a project is also an important factor.
You've heard the four casino plans, and you've probably already decided which plan you like best.
Supporters, who showed up to back one of the plans, say the choice is clear cut.
From a rock concert atmosphere to a intimate conversation, and even a Hollywood party, each casino proposal has people who want it.
At Penn National Gaming's rural Salix site, supporters say since it's right off the interstate, casino-goers wouldn't have to deal with the city's traffic.
"They're just backed up on the interstates and everything else. It just makes it a hazard up there and down here there's plenty of room to get on and off with the new bridge," said Larry Lamoureux of Salix, Iowa.
"And what we already have here that services the Port Neal area already is just by far the easiest and most accessible for all of Siouxland," said Stan Johnson of Salix, Iowa. rural Hollywood
Those backing Sioux City Entertainment's plan to build a Hard Rock Casino Hotel at the Battery Building say the casino's big name would attract big dollars to town.
"We've been to the other Hard Rock Casinos across the country, and it seems like they've attracted a younger crowd and they always put on really nice shows and stuff," said Elbert Sargent of Sgt. Bluff, Iowa. hard rock
"I love the location. I think this corner of town really needs something to revitalize it and get it going. And what a great opportunity this is for Sioux City," said Mike Dailey of Elk Point, S.D.
Ho-Chunk's plan would restore two historic buildings, which supporters say would breathe new life into the city.
"I just think that it would be really fun to have an entertainment district here in Sioux City. Kind of something, similar to Omaha, where my children and different people can have a place to go and have fun. Sometimes, it doesn't seem like there's a lot of things to do in Sioux City," said Tracie Pettit-Sininger of South Sioux City, Nebraska.
"It would bring, I would say, the current businesses that are here, it would bring the money back to Sioux City, and that's the bottom line," said Larry Payer of Winnebago, Neb. warrior
And Penn's employees and supporters of a Hollywood casino, in downtown Sioux City, say the company's past and good reputation would bring in record profits.
"As an employee of the Argosy, we'd lose our benefits if we went to another casino, if they would hire us. We don't know that," said Bob Meier, an Argosy employee.
"People forget that before Penn took over, the Riverboat in Sioux City nearly failed several times. Since Penn's taken over, record profits. I don't know how that goes by the way side," said Zach Rosenbaum of Elk Point, S.D.
The three casino operators have tried to rally the community to get behind their projects for several weeks now.
Penn says it has thousands of letters from people who back its two plans.
Ho-Chunk has reached out to surrounding communities to got the thumbs up from residents and leaders.
And Sioux City Entertainment has used social media and other events to push the public to support its proposal.
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