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The prettiest girl at the dance is twirling across the floor with Isle of Capri

Posted Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at 1:45 PM

I was never the prettiest girl at the dance. I was the girl with glasses and braces who darted to the bathroom every time a slow song came on for fear someone would actually ask me to dance. I think I know how St. Louis and Sugar Creak feel right now.

In May, the city of Cape Girardeau, of the five locations seeking Missouri's 13th and final casino license was called "the prettiest girl at the dance" by M. Shawn Cox of Unbridled Entertainment.

The phrase caught on and my former colleague Rudi Keller used it in many casino related stories to follow.

Now the city and Isle of Capri will be dancing out the details over the next two years as casino construction gets underway. I'll be following every step of what, after checking our archives, is the biggest initial investment in Cape Girardeau by a private business.

Here's a look at what's next now that that the gaming commission has given the project its blessing: http://www.semissourian.com/story/168452...

With the Missouri Gaming Commission's approval today Cape Girardeau's status as the prettiest girl at the dance has been confirmed.

On July 9, Keller wrote: "The prettiest girl at the Missouri casino dance got a good look at her suitors Thursday evening, with one making a specific proposal of marriage and the other offering to give details later if an engagement can be arranged."

At one point, casino site owner Jim Riley said he'd like to introduce "the prettiest girl at the dance to Prince Charming," referring to Isle of Capri.

Even those opposed to the casino, latched onto the phrase, including Dr. Richard Martin in a letter to the editor in October.

"Cape Girardeau has been described as "the prettiest girl at the dance." So she is. She is a prosperous city with a lot of promise for the future. She is virgin territory and as beautiful and intelligent as she is, she stands at risk because of her relative naivet and is targeted by an industry desiring to take advantage of her. It seems to me we ought to be trying to protect and preserve her."

But city officials say they know exactly what they're getting into and are thrilled with today's decision by the gaming commission.

Let the dance begin.....

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City officials may indeed "know exactly what they're getting into" (sic). You can decide what I mean by that. I live in Las Vegas.

I think Dr. Martin made the accurate statement when he wrote "she stands at risk".

-- Posted by Maynard on Wed, Dec 1, 2010, at 1:21 PM

Being proactive and being taken advantage of is two completely different things. Bringing a Casino to Cape Girardeau will have its good and bad side. Having more jobs and more tax revenue for the city is definitely welcomed.

No matter what you do in Downtown Cape, there will always be someone who doesn't like it but that is our American right. Bring on the dance!

-- Posted by discodaveross on Wed, Dec 1, 2010, at 6:27 PM

The prettiest girl at the dance is very innocent, but hard headed country style. She hears what she want's to hear, pretty promises from the smarmiest wolf in sheeps clothing. Just because the majority rules doesn't mean they are any different from the prettiest girl. Cape Girardeau is a Polititians dream because people still believe them here. Wake up!

-- Posted by happypappies on Sun, Dec 5, 2010, at 7:02 PM

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Melissa Miller is business editor at The Southeast Missourian. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, she's worked as a reporter, photographer, editor and as the executive director of two not-for-profit organizations. After living in Michigan and then Indiana, she moved back to her hometown of Jackson, Mo. In addition to writing daily stories for The Southeast Missourian, Melissa coordinates editorial content each month for Business Today. Business Today is a monthly publication for southeast Missouri's business community. Monthly themes include health care, agriculture, women in business, technology and more. Business Today is direct mailed to business owner and managers throughout southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Follow her updates on local business developments at www.twitter.com/semissourianbiz or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MelissaMillerSoutheastMissourian

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