UPDATE: The city council accepted a withdrawal of renewal alcohol licensing for Lucky Lady Casino tonight. I will have to commend the city council and administration for keeping the pressure on and thank the business owner for having the courage to withdraw instead of fighting this. The council may take more licenses away in the coming weeks at that strip mall.

There was a private meeting with the mayor and some city councilors (only 4 can attend due to quorum) with the property owner recently, but I never heard at the meeting tonight what happened at this closed door meeting. Once again some on the council and the mayor think the best way to negotiate these very PUBLIC problems are in DARKNESS.

This reminds me of when the city council bailed on implementing stronger noise ordinances DTSF and enforcement because a group of DTSF business owners took upon themselves to try to solve the problem through closed meetings between themselves. The council failed to act. Nothing will get solved when you try to fix PUBLIC problems in the DARK.

Just another reason we don’t need a stadium in DTSF. This of course has been NO secret. The Sanford folks have floated an indoor pool and a baseball stadium in the past.

I wonder what the Riverline District folks think of the proposal? Would have loved to see the hand wringing . . .


A concerned citizen pointed out to me today that suddenly Heritage Park (on 6th and Weber) is suddenly void of transients. This all seemed to fall in line with the opening of a new consolidated ad agency next to the park.

Things that make you go hmmmmm?


At Tuesday night’s meeting the city council will be re-visiting the Lucky Lady alcohol license. As I understand it the vote may be split and there has been some back door wrangling going on. What I find ironic is that the administration and the council have had three years since they were denied a purchase agreement to fix up this area and have done NOTHING!

This isn’t a time to hold hands and say grace, this is a time to get out the pink slips and send these folks packing!

13 Thoughts on “UPDATE: Sanford Sports Complex upgrades include a baseball stadium and housing

  1. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on May 9, 2023 at 7:53 pm said:

    What about the statue of Sanford with the kids at the Complex, are they going to keep that erected?

  2. Observer on May 9, 2023 at 9:47 pm said:


    Good one.

  3. Just a pawn on May 10, 2023 at 10:52 am said:

    It’s fascinating how the admin has used Broussard to their advantage in basically seizing that strip mall. They’ve had their eye on the land for a long time even back during Huether and Paul has admitted it too. No one takes her blathering seriously but letting her whip up the locals is genius. Soon the City or Lloyd will be building something that will line someone’s pockets. The “elite” she screams about win again.

  4. l3wis on May 10, 2023 at 11:12 am said:

    Yeah, Sierra means well. I guess the mayor has been telling people that if the city buys it and tears it down he would build a park there. Yeah right. I’m not sure Norm Drake will sell, but if he starts removing load bearing walls in the basement I would move out quickly

  5. l3wis on May 10, 2023 at 11:14 am said:

    I also don’t think higher income rents would go over real well. You would have to build more affordable housing there to make it work

  6. Very Stable Genius on May 10, 2023 at 12:58 pm said:

    We’re doing a lot of building around here and proposed building, but when are we going to start doing some serious $200,000 to $300,000 middle class home building around here, huh?

    ( and Woodstock adds: “I can’t wait until they build Soviet Towers around here”…. “It could be our own local Cabrini-Green”….. #JustWaiting4Gentrification )

  7. Not VSG or associated aliases on May 10, 2023 at 2:27 pm said:

    Yes, Sierra blathers on, but she is infinitely easier to listen to and follow than Mike.

  8. Theodore on May 10, 2023 at 3:12 pm said:

    Does the Sanford Sports Complex upgrades include a baseball stadium?

    Looks like a five baseball fields to me.

  9. Steve on May 10, 2023 at 9:05 pm said:

    I like this guy or girl who is not VSG.

  10. Hi Steve!

  11. l3wis on May 11, 2023 at 4:22 am said:

    Theo, watch the video, there is an image of Denny Park.

  12. D@ily Spin on May 11, 2023 at 9:57 am said:

    There’s to much focus on downtown. What about other areas? There will always be problem zones. Let it happen. Police will know where to find and bully the underclass. There must be a place to buy pot and malt liquor. If you can’t afford entertainment at the Denty, rob the Lucky Lady.

  13. "Woodstock" on May 11, 2023 at 1:08 pm said:

    “I just knew that Steve was that way”….

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