- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Owners of the closed Argosy riverboat casino on the Missouri River said high water may delay the structure’s removal from the Sioux City waterfront.

The Argosy riverboat casino closed in July after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission ordered it to cease operations, saying it wasn’t partnered with a state-licensed local nonprofit group as required by Iowa law. Its parent company, Penn National Gaming, fought the order, but the state’s supreme court ruled that it needed to close.

Mayor Bob Scott said Monday at a city council meeting that the casino’s owners say they’re prepared to pay the city if high waters prevent it from meeting the Sept. 28 removal deadline, the Sioux City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1ui9JCK ).

“The rivers are way up, so the boat won’t go under the bridges,” Scott said.

If the waters don’t recede, the owners are required to pay $7,500 in rent each month for its berth at Larsen Park Road.

City officials will have to decide what will take its place on the riverfront once it’s gone.

Councilwoman Rhonda Capron said she’d like to see a walking trail, while some residents have suggested a fishing pier at the site. She said the final decision would be based on what the community supports.

“Some of these people are really coming up with some original ideas,” she said. “I’m looking for more input from our people, because we only get one shot to do this and it’s going to be there for a long time.”


Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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