The latest effort to bring a casino to the struggling southwest Missouri resort town of Rockaway Beach is “not looking good,” the city’s mayor said Tuesday, just weeks after speaking optimistically of the proposal’s chances.
Mayor Don Smith said the backers of the proposal — whom he has declined to name — have concluded that, even if voters voted to loosen the state’s current restrictions on casinos, the effort would have been sued by Missouri’s existing casinos, which would be wary of more competition.
The state constitution currently only allows gambling on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, and the number of casino licenses issued by the state is capped at 13 — all of which are currently in use.
Smith said the investors are now looking at trying to bring a non-casino attraction to Rockaway Beach – one that would need less outside approval.
Read more: Springfield News-Leader