Evansville casino aborts renovation, blames mayor

May 11, 2007
A planned $60 million renovation of Casino Aztar in downtown Evansville won't be carried out partly because of a spat between the riverboat's owner, Columbia Essex Corp., and Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel.

Columbia President William Yung told a conference of Evansville business leaders yesterday he doesn't feel welcome in the city, and that previously announced layoffs of 90 workers are still necessary to cut costs, according to The Evansville Courier & Press.

Weinzapfel asked the Indiana Gaming Commission in March to investigate why Columbia officials hadn't followed through with a promise to lay of only 20.
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