News Update!!: Bullhead City, AZ: Bullhead City Council accepts offer from Marnell Gaming to take over River Regatta.
Members of the Bullhead City Council have voted 6-1 to approve the deal with Marnell Gaming to take over the River Regatta, including owning, operating, and managing the river float.
The vote occurred during the Bullhead City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 in Bullhead City, Arizona.
Bullhead City received an official request in September 2017 from Marnell Gaming, owners of the Colorado Belle Casino and the Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, to take over the River Regatta, including ownering, operating, and managing the river float.
The purchase offer, costing $25,000, included coordinating with all federal, state and local agencies, assuming the fiscal responsibility required to promote and conduct the Regatta River, securing proper permitting, providing workforce services and marketing the event.
Marnell Gaming would take over operation of the River Regatta beginning in August 2018, and would limit the number of participants at 22,000 people.
If the River Regatta event is held in future years, the number of participants would not exceed 25,000 people.
The River Regatta event will be no large, decorated floats would be allowed.
Bullhead City would be reimbursed for all direct expenses, including all city employees assigned to work the event.
Marnell Gaming would be required to carry liability insurance for the River Regatta event acceptable to the city, and the city would be named in all liability releases.
Marnell Gaming also pledged a formal cleanup plan and to pre-fund and maintain a $100,000 river cleanup fund for use during and after the River Regatta event, with the remainder available for use at least twice during the year.
Additionally, participants of the River Regatta event would pay a $5 environmental fee to recharge the fund.
All launching for the River Regatta event would occur at Davis Camp, Harrah’s Casino and the Pioneer Casino, with the arrival point to be at Rotary Park.
Community Park would be closed for the River Regatta event to the public until the water safety zone ends; at that time, Community Park would be reopened to the public and water traffic would be allowed to head north.
Medical facilities at Rotary Park would be no less than what the city previously provided for the event.
Marnell Gaming also agreed to use the same inclement weather policy in cancelling the River Regatta event as the city.
Over 200 people filled the council chambers to capacity and dozens more watched the Bullhead City Council Meeting and the vote on televisions placed in the courtyard.
Members of the Bullhead City Council heard hours of opinions for and against the proposed sale from many residents, business owners, and members of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe.
Those who were in favor spoke about how event brought business and tourists to their community and the economic impact events like the River Regatta event have on their community.
Those who were in opposition spoke about environmental concerns about the long term health risk to the Colorado River from the River Regatta event to the local community and communities south of Bullhead City, Arizona.
Those who were in opposition also spoke about the ongoing issues regarding public safety during the River Regatta event and trash collection during and after the River Regatta event.
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Tim Williams addressed members of the Bullhead City Council reiterating the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe’s stance against the River Regatta.
“We are the ones left with the social ramifications of this event. Why do we have to have the regatta to protect the river?” said Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Tim Williams.
David Wolf, an attorney for the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, said to members of the Bullhead City Council, “The river has been central to the tribe’s way of life and their very existence for thousands of years. This is a matter of respect and dignity.”
Before members of the Bullhead City Council cast their vote, Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady spoke to the crowd on how the River Regatta has divided the community and how this offer will address almost all the concerns he had before.
At least 6 members of the Bullhead City Council voted in favor of the offer well Bullhead City Council Member Steve D’Amico being the only person voting in opposition.
The meeting was to be streamed live online to the public, but repeated the posting for the live broadcast was removed by the Bullhead City for no reason. Reports of people who shared the link of the live broadcast having their posting removed were also reported. The video of the earlier broadcast was posted only to have the same problems occur.
The Bullhead City Clark’s Office was contacted regarding the matter but nobody from the Bullhead City Clark’s Office return our calls.
You can watch the live broadcast of the Bullhead City Council Meeting at Bullhead City, Arizona Government on Facebook.