Option Strict On disallows late binding with IIf

Why do I get a option strict on disallows late binding with the following code below?

 <%#IIf(IsDBNull(Container.DataItem("APSEVENT")), "", "<img src=" & Container.DataItem("APSEVENT") & " alt="""" />")%>

APSEVENT is a varchar(50)

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flukesterAsked:
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Bob LearnedCommented:
Do you need to use Option Strict, because there is an awful lot of hoops that you need to jump through, that are not very useful in my humble opinion?

Bob
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flukesterAuthor Commented:
No, I don't really have to. I found some comments online and tried some of the conversions, but couldn't get anything to work. I'm going to add a web.config at the app level and set option strict to false.
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Bob LearnedCommented:
I can't remember the last time that I used Option Strict On.  I feel like it is a crutch that covers up for good code design.

Bob
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