Isle Casino brings in millions during first month

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Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - David Dycus

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - As the Isle Casino drives in business, workers at the nearby Discovery Playhouse are excited about what that could mean for the future of their city.

"I think it's going to help the city tremendously. It already has," said Executive Director Pansy Glenn.

Mayor Harry Rediger expects annual city revenues of close to $4 million. He said with that comes the opportunity for downtown upgrades and growth.

"Everything is new on Broadway sidewalk to sidewalk. Yet to come are benches and artwork that is planned for to make it very intimate for both our citizens and visitors," Rediger said.

He said the bulk of that revenue, possibly more than half, would go to capital projects - like tearing down the former Convention and Visitors Bureau and the new construction on Broadway. It's something Glenn supports.

"It's growing and it's looking great down here and I think our clients like brining their kids to downtown," Glenn said.

She's also is in favor of the city's plan to create a future endowment. Under the city council's current proposal, a third of the gaming revenue would be placed in a Legacy Foundation. Glenn said the city must invest for the next generation.

"We would love for them to look at putting back into the community here at the playhouse, to build up the playhouse and give our youth a place to play and experience new things," she said.

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