Riverside "Relieved" By Cedar Rapids Casino Rejection

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - News that a Cedar Rapids casino proposal has been rejected is spreading fast through Riverside, home of the Riverside Casino.

"It's a good day for Riverside," said Jerry Murphy, owner of Murphy's Bar and Grill in downtown. "We certainly benefit from the casino."

Riverside city council member Chris Kirkwood said she expects a lot of people to celebrate the decision.

"It's a great day for us," she said.

Mayor Bill Poch, who traveled to Council Bluffs for the decision said simply "it's over."

Poch said it's time to move on. The community has been concerned about possible "cannibalization" from a Cedar Rapids casino since it was proposed.

"I'm not surprised it was [rejected]," said Adam Richards, the manager of a travel stop near the Riverside Casino. "Two studies clearly showed the negative impact to this community."

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