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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Players circulate the gaming floor on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, during the grand opening of a new Cherokee Casino in Grove, Okla.

The casino situation in Pope County continued to develop Thursday with the filing of a lawsuit by a competitor whose application was rejected once again by the Arkansas Racing Commission.

Gulfside Casino Partnership, a Mississippi-based company, filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Thursday afternoon challenging the Racing Commission’s decision earlier that day to deny the company’s appeal of the board’s decision to reject its application because it lacked the support of current public officials.

Gulfside also asked the circuit court for an injunction barring the commission from awarding a casino license until the legal challenge has been resolved.

“Gulfside is the only Pope County applicant that timely complied with every requirement of Amendment 100,” Casey Castleberry, Gulfside’s attorney said in a statement. “We are disappointed by the Racing Commission’s decision, but believe we have a strong case to appeal its denial during the judicial process. When we receive the license, we look forward to building our first-class resort and fulfilling our commitment to be a strong partner to the River Valley.”

The Racing Commission also rebuffed a request from the Cherokee Nation Businesses to cap the open window for new applications at 10 days instead of the 90-day window it agreed upon in June if an applicant came forward with the required letters of support for the Pope County casino license.

Cherokee Nation Businesses this week obtained the support of the Pope County Quorum Court and will apply for the license. Three other companies also had applied for the license and were rejected by the Racing Commission because they didn’t have local official support.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Archived Comments

  • wowy
    August 15, 2019 at 5:17 p.m.

    Those Mississippi girls
    OMG .
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    They are heaven sent .
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    Mississippi girls are the best .
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  • wowy
    August 15, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

    Arkansas has a new philosophy this year
    If they try and dog pile us
    We are going to stick a shank in them .
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    I played for bana till I got dead
    Ab saudctget could resurrect me
    LSU said “let him burn in hell like me
    .
    “ARKANSAS
    WAS
    MADE
    TO
    RULE
    THIS
    LAND
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    does anyone want any ?
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    R

  • RBBrittain
    August 15, 2019 at 6:02 p.m.

    Seriously, this Wowy character needs a trip to the State Hospital. Bringing knives to a football game is NO laughing matter, and his comment about Mississippi girls should be put in context with the comment you just deleted and deleted itself.
    .
    That said, I stand by my previous comments: The Pope County voter approval ordinance is contrary to Amendment 100, but the rule & statute requiring county approval letters to be from current officials are valid despite Gulfside's claims to the contrary. The ordinance added a requirement not found in Amendment 100, but the rule & statute merely clarify one of the existing requirements in a manner expressly permitted by Amendment 100. IMO both the anti-casino lawsuit in Pope County and this lawsuit should be dismissed; the license should go to the Cherokee as approved by the Quorum Court this week once the application period ends. (The commission was right NOT to narrow the new application period, in case one or both court cases go differently.)

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