Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Casino Moves to Permanent Dock Facility

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Casino Moves to Permanent Dock Facility

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St. Charles Riverfront Station moved its casino gaming operations early Monday to a permanent docking facility on the 55 acres it owns along the Missouri River just north of the Blanchette Bridge.

Mike Shubic, the general manager, says the company hired Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City to move its two-story, 6,000-ton entertainment barge one-half mile south from the location it has occupied since spring at the south end of St. Charles' Frontier Park. The barge, which is separate from the Casino St. Charles riverboat, has no engines of its own and must be pushed by towboats.

The move was done so quickly and smoothly that no gambling time was lost.

Shubic, leafing through a 12-page detailed checklist, says employees began shutting down the gaming and office operations late Sunday night. At 3 a.m. Monday, the company disconnected all of the utility lines and cables on the entertainment barge, which is as big as a football field.

He said Massman used at least three towboats to start moving the barge at 6:17 a.m. The move was scheduled to take about an hour, "but we actually got it done in half the time."

There still were some bugs to be worked out by mid-day Monday.

"I can call out on the phones, but we can't get any calls in," Shubic said.

"Establishing and re-establishing communications are the big problems in a move like this," he said.

Nevertheless, Riverfront Station's Casino St. Charles riverboat, where the gambling takes place, docked at its new, permanent home one hour after leaving on its 1:30 p.m. cruise Monday.

To accommodate traffic at the new site, an 800-car parking lot has been built. Shubic says J.S. Alberici Construction Co. is putting the finishing touches on the lot.

Shubic says the company has added a couple of entertainment features since last week, such as a giant screen for Monday Night Football.

He says other new entertainment features could be added to the second floor of the entertainment barge but those changes must await the outcome of the company's request before the Missouri Gaming Commission to establish permanent dockside gaming.

Company executives told the gaming commission that they considered dockside gaming an important factor in helping Riverfront Station recapture some of the $3. …

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