In once-thriving Rockaway Beach, an anonymous billionaire is pushing to bring a riverboat casino to the community, in an effort to create decent-paying jobs and boost tourism.
Rockaway Beach Mayor Don Smith told residents last month that the man, whom he declined to identify, approached him six months ago with his proposal.
Even with that support, though, Rockaway Beach is facing stiff odds against gaining approval for such a project.
Currently, Missouri’s constitution allows casino gambling only on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. A majority of voters would need to support loosening the current gambling restrictions before Rockaway Beach could get a casino.