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WHAT DO YOU THINK? Reaction to Casino Rejection

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Meantime, back here at home, Linn County residents are reacting to the news that a casino will not be built.

Call it a dream, goal, or aspiration either way it all came crashing down Thursday morning.

"That's terrible. And it's hard for the city and it kind of puts a damper on a lot of things I think were planned to be, said Robert Kocher who was surprised by the four to one vote, rejecting Linn County's request for a gaming license.

It's a mistake that they did not, said Joan Kocher.

"While I wasn't an emphatic supporter of the casino I guess I was looking forward to the jobs and growth and development that it would have brought to the Southwest side, said Bob Anderson whos hoping the city can move forward.

That's the idea many had in mind when they touted the possibility of a casino, jobs, growth, and redevelopment for a community that has heavily affected by the floods of 2008.

"It just would have meant a lot in terms of development and getting more roof tops in the neighborhood, said Al Pierson, owner of Piersons Flower Shop, but from the get go they were dissenters too.

"I was hoping a casino wouldn't pass because I am not a gambler. I'm very content with the decision, said Richard Golsberry who was against a casino.

Some on our Facebook page said the same thing.

Robert Mangold wrote, "good...now do something for the whole family and all the people...entertainment in the form of an amusement park."

Michael Klein said "this town may need help but gambling is not the answer, and Danny Fisher wrote, "I have always prayed for no more casinos in Iowa."

At the end of the day, those for and against a casino in Cedar Rapids all echo the same thing.

They are hoping the city can find another way to continue growing.
 
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