Mayor Gluba Says Legal Action Is An Option In Casino Process

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Suing is a possibility, according to Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba.

It's just one option the city of Davenport has after the Riverboat Development Authority unanimously approved an operator's agreement with Kehl Development Corporation on Monday, September 16th, 2013.

Mayor Gluba says he is frustrated with the R.D.A. because they would not allow any comments from the public before voting on the operator's agreement, even though there is another interested casino developer that Mayor Gluba says could be a better deal.

Later on Monday, Davenport City Council met in a work session with that interested developer, led by local developer Rodney Blackwell. When asked what the city should do to change what happened at the R.D.A meeting, Blackwell responded:

"Sue them."

On Tuesday, September 17th, Mayor Gluba told News 8's Angie Sharp that city council is evaluating that option.

"Suits are expensive," he said. "We've been down that road before but when you think you're damaged you may have to look at what all your options are."

For now, Mayor Gluba says the city will move forward as planned. He expects city council to approve agreements with both Kehl Development Corporation and Blackwell on Wednesday, September 18th, and he says they will wait and see what happens from there.

"[This is a] difficult process and strained at times. We think unfair at times, but we know our limitations as well."

"It's not over yet."

Kehl Development Corporation has until October 15th to finalize the purchase of Rhythm City Casino from the Isle of Capri Corporation.

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will have the final say.