Independent groups wants voters to decide on Cape Girardeau casino

By Holly Brantley - email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) – It's a decision that's 17 years old. That's why an independent group wants the Cape Girardeau City Council to give voters another chance to decide if they still want a casino.

Mayor, Harry Rediger says the vote from 1993 still stands, still the group consisting of three local men feel a lot has changed in 17 years.

"We'll wait until the next meeting and then we'll go from there," said Doug Austin, a retired marketing manager.

If the council says no to putting the casino issue back on the ballot at the next meeting on May 3, the group start a petition drive to go after the 2635 signatures needed from registered voters to bring the casino issue back into question again.

Austin, along with retired pastor, Paul Kabo, and former council member Melvin Gateley, went before the council Monday evening to make the request.

Austin calls it a quality of life issue.

"We do not feel we should proceed with an item that could possibly change the entire Character of Cape," Austin told the council. "Our request is simple: put the issue to voters."

The next meeting is on Monday May 3rd. Stay with Heartland News for the latest on this developing issue.