Davenport Moving Forward With Kehl, Blackwell As Backup
Davenport city council made it clear the city wants to move forward with just one land-based casino development agreement.
The city council unanimously voted to move forward with a development agreement for Dan Kehl and his Scott County casino.
Last week the council was also considering a proposal for a Davenport casino from local developer Rodney Blackwell and Canadian investment firm Clairvest.
The city council said it doesn't want to send mixed messages to the RDA and state gaming commission, who have already said they want to move forward with the Kehl agreement and ultimately have the final say in the matter. So council members voted tonight to table the Blackwell agreement for now.
The vote was a close one though and council members disagreed about whether it was the right choice.
"I just didn't want two development agreements coming out and again," said Ald. Jason Gordon. "I guess sending a confusing message that we still have this other option that doesn't seem very viable right now."
"I was hoping we could go unified tonight saying Kehl's our operator," said Ald. Gene Meeker. "We're in concert with the RDA. He's our guy. He's our guy from the city and we're going unified. By tabling it leaves that lingering question in my mind that maybe you guys are ready, maybe you're not."
Council members say they plan to keep the Blackwell agreement as a backup plan in case the Kehl deal falls through.