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Voters react to possible Linn County casino location


Scott Pinter believes his business is in line for a string of good fortune.

"We're not a neighborhood bar because we don't have a neighborhood here," Pinter said.

Pinter's storage business was wiped out by 2008's flood.

He has since opened a bar in the same spot, one of only a few businesses operating in this otherwise devastated area. 

"Right now we're just welcome to get anyone.  Get some people down in our neighborhood," Pinter said.

Now investors are pitching a casino potentially in Pinter's backyard.

Something the bar owner believes would bring much-needed development to the area,and plenty more traffic with it.

"We're really excited to have that happen. We think it would be a great deal for us," he said.

Not all voters are sold on the potential location.

"If it's going to be an independent institution or venture it should remain an independent institution or venture, and they should pay their fair share," said Joseph Watson, a Cedar Rapids resident.

Some Linn County residents attending a casino forum Tuesday in Cedar Rapids echoed questions brought up by the no campaign, concerned how private investors would acquire the city-owned land they are looking to build on.

"Is the city going to be providing any tax breaks, subsidy, donating the land?" Watson said.

As for Pinter, he has no further questions.  He says now that the location is set, his mind is made up.

"I'm going to be voting yes."

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