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October 18, 2018

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City sued for vetoing casino liquor store sign

WSR Inc. is seeking an order to reverse the Mesquite City Council's decision denying WSR's application to install a 99-foot sign for a liquor store at Si Redd's Oasis hotel-casino.

In a Clark County District Court lawsuit, WSR accused the Mesquite City Council of arbitrarily disregarding WSR's application based on the content of its sign's advertisement, while allowing another casino, Rancho Mesquite, to install its 99-foot sign. Both signs are located in Mesquite's Gaming Enterprises Zoning District.

WSR said it had leased the property for a 40 year-term from the Redd Family Trust to install a sign that advertises the Oasis Casino Liquor Store, which sells beer, wine and liquor for off-premises consumption.

"The Rancho Mesquite sign was a sign advertising the entire Rancho Mesquite casino property. This, however, is a sign proposing to advertise a liquor store on the same casino property which has a separate business license for that location. This is a liquor sign as opposed to a casino sign," said Mesquite City Attorney Terrance P. Marren.

"No reasons were given by the Mesquite council for denying WSR's application. Perhaps they were concerned with a liquor store having such a large liquor store sign. But we're leaving the decision now in the hands of the District Court," he said.