July 2000: The Missouri Gaming Commission gives preliminary approval to the Isle of Capri to build a four story $100 million, Caribbean-themed, casino hotel complex within several thousand feet of historic Kimmswick, Mary Queen of Apostles School and Windsor Elementary School, Middle School and High School.
The Capri president said "it's right for us." St. Louis Post-Dispatch 4/26/01
The Isle of Capri prides itself on what it calls "Isle style," a cookie cutter approach to building and running casinos with near-identical Caribbean-themed decor and amenities. The Kansas City Star 2/8/00
Isle of Capri, perhaps in a throwback to the barons of gambling past, bought itself a little insurance when it moved a trailer onto the land and installed a couple of registered voters who instantly took on the power of veto over annexation. Funny how the industry couldn't operate a gambling riverboat safely, but it could float and land a trailer in the dead of night. Arnold came within a trailer's width of pulling off the worst nightmare possible for the Isle of Capri. Arnold voters nixed gambling in the city of Arnold in a referendum Tuesday while voting yes on annexation to the proposed Isle of Capri site. Only the 2-0 vote from the Isle caretakers saved Chesley Island from being annexed into a town that said it doesn't want gambling within its limits. By Patrick Martin Festus Jefferson County Leader 4/5/01
Kimmswick Mayor Brian Selsor says the inquiry into misconduct should have focused not on the Missouri Gaming Commission but on the Biloxi based Capri, which, he maintains, misled state regulators about the progress the company had made in obtaining the necessary permits. Selsor says that Capri misled the commission by overstating the company's progress in obtaining necessary environmental, road and zoning permits for the project. St. Louis Post-Dispatch 4/19/01
Dick Shepard, a real estate consultant who works for the city of Kimmswick, said that the company's plans show the access road running through historic and prehistoric sites, as well as wetlands. St. Louis Post-Dispatch 4/26/01
Capri's project manager says preparatory work is proceeding toward a groundbreaking of the project before year's end. Capri is getting close to asking Jefferson County to invoke its power of eminent domain to acquire Larry Schlecht's 25 acres that sit in the path of the proposed road to the casino site. Arnold Imperial Leader 4/26/01
Ameristar Casino supporters believe an investigation will reveal that Capri didn't follow state statutes and hope the commission will decide not to license Capri, and thus re-open the possibility for a second shot at a Lemay casino. St. Louis Post-Dispatch 4/29/01
Judge dismisses Isle of Capri's lawsuit to stop the town of Kimmswick from annexing a tract of private property needed for Capri's new casino. St. Louis Post-Dispatch 5/6/01
Now the casino wants to save some money and break its contract with the county by running its traffic through Imperial's main street instead of building its own road off Interstate 55 that would bypass Imperial. Jefferson County Journal - Letter to the Editor 5/20/01
The opponents of a Capri Casino contended that Capri misstated the status of environmental and road permits needed for the project and want state regulators to turn over documents submitted by the casino's developer. St. Louis Post-Dispatch 5/23/01
Jefferson county residents see the new $5.8 million bypass north of Kimmswick as a ruse by county officials to improve access to the proposed Capri Casino. St. Louis Post-Dispatch 5/28/01
A new casino in Kimmswick would destroy a documented prehistoric village where salt was produced from local salt springs, casino opponents said Wednesday. Four archaeological sites lie either in the path of the casino's access road or near the spot where the 35,000-square-foot casino and 200-room hotel would be built, witnesses told the Missouri Gaming Commission. St. Louis Post-Dispatch 5/31/01 Virginia Young
In the past, being chosen for investigation has been tantamount to winning a license. Casino companies build their facilities while the investigation is being conducted.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 5/31/01 Virginia Young
Barb Obermeyer, owner of Grandma's Parlor and Tea Room, said she moved her business to Kimmswick from St. Charles after a casino in St. Charles diverted her customers. "It was as though I was holding money and somebody snatched it out of my hand," she said. St. Louis Post-Dispatch 5/31/01 Virginia Young
Why should communities be forced to swallow a casino they don't want? St. Louis Post-Disatch 8/6/00
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