Lazy 8 Decision

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A local judge has thrown out a lawsuit...stemming from the controversial Lazy 8 Casino project.

The Sparks City Council had originally rejected the project on Pyramid Highway, only to accept the plan in a closed-door deal...when the developer sued the city for $100 million. In response, a citizen's group...headed by John Ascuaga's Nugget...filed lawsuit against the city and the Red Hawk Development Company, over what it claimed, was an illegal agreement.

But on Friday, District Judge Jerome Poloha dismissed the Nugget's suit...saying the plaintiff waited too long to file. He also said open-meeting laws were not violated, because the council later accepted the project in a public vote.

A statement released by the City of Sparks says..."Currently, the next phase of the Lazy 8 Project is... planning commission, followed by city-council consideration of final approval of the development handbook, and a related development agreement later this year."