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Man Who Brought Grand Falls Casino To Lyon County Now Standing With Casino Opponents In Cedar Rapids

Grand Falls RouletteCedar Rapids, Iowa — The man who brought the Grand Falls Casino to Lyon County and the Riverside Casino to Washington County is now trying to get voters in Cedar Rapids to vote “no” on a casino.

Dan Kehl, president and CEO of Kehl Management has announced that he will build a $30 million indoor water park with bowling center and event space in Cedar Rapids — IF — the voters reject casino gaming in a vote coming up on Tuesday (3/5). The last-minute water park idea came as a surprise to people in Cedar Rapids, however the Riverside Casino, which is only a short 35 minutes from Cedar Rapids, has spent $600,000 trying to defeat the idea of a casino in Cedar Rapids. The campaign is called “Just Say No Casino”.

Kehl says he won’t build the family-friendly water park idea if the casino vote passes because the Riverside Casino stands to lose more than 30 percent of its business if a Cedar Rapids casino is built.

The City of Cedar Rapids owns the land where the water park or casino would be built. The land does sit in the 100-year flood plain. The City is touting the revenues a casino would create as a way to help pay for flood protection.

Just like in Lyon County — if Linn County voters approve gambling, the Iowa Racing And Gaming Commission would still need to grant the group a gaming license.

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