Dismissal of Suit That Seeks to Halt Sparks Casino Prompts Appeal

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CARSON CITY (AP) - Opponents of a Sparks neighborhood casino backed by developer Harvey Whittemore are taking their fight to the Nevada Supreme Court.

The Sparks Nugget hotel-casino and a group of residents filed an appeal Friday over a district judge's dismissal of their lawsuit seeking to block a controversial settlement that allowed the Lazy Eight to move forward.

Opponents say they want the case to be heard on its merits, while developers say they remain confident they'll prevail.

Last month, Washoe County District Judge Jerome Polaha ruled in favor of Peppermill Casinos and Whittemore's Red Hawk Land Company, which plan to build the resort along the Pyramid Highway in Spanish Springs Valley.

The Sparks City Council voted against the Lazy Eight last August, and developers then sued the city for 100 (m) million dollars. The city settled the Lawsuit a week later by allowing Whittemore and the Peppermill to continue with the project.

A lawsuit by the Nugget and citizens claims the agreement circumvented a required master plan amendment.

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