Community eyes jobs, revenue from proposed casino

Community eyes jobs, revenue from proposed casino


3 MARLEE:..FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS– WE’RE HEARING WHAT THE COMMUNITY THINKGS OF A PROPOSED MUSKEGON COUNTY CASINO AND HOTEL.TONIGHT THE PUBLIC VOICED THEIR THOUGHTS ON A NEW FEDERAL STUDY — DISSECTING THE CASINO’S IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY.24 HOUR NEWS 8’S MARVIS HERRING HAS THE STORY FROM FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP. 3 3 ((MARVIS HERRING/REPORTING “A LARGE GROUP OF COMMUNITY LEADERS, RESIDENTS, AND EMPLOYEES FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTY ATTENDED TONIGHT’S PUBLIC HEARING. NEARLY EVERYONE SAYS THEY’RE READY TO TAKE A GAMBLE ON THIS CASINO. ))((DALE NESBARY/PRESIDENT, MUSKEGON COMMUNITY COLLEGE WE PROBABLY HAVE 20 PROGRAMS OUT THERE THAT FIT EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED RIGHT NOW SO THAT MAKES ME VERY HAPPY 29))THE MUSKEGON COMMNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENT SAYS STUDENTS FROM THEIR PROGRAMS LIKE GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ENTRENEURSHIP COULD GREATLY BENEFIT FROM THE 11-HUNDRED PLUS JOBS EXPECTED WITH THIS PROJECT ((IT DOESN’T OFTEN HAPPEN THAT A PROGRAM COMES ALONG – OR AN INSTITUTION LIKE THIS COMES ALONG THAT WORKS SO WELL WITH WHAT WE DO AS A COLLEGE AND VICE VERSA))HERE’S A LOOK AT THE RENDERINGS.IT’D BE RUN BY THE LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS… SET TO OFFER 17-HUNDRED SLOT MACHINES… 220 HOTEL ROOMS… AND 69-THOUSAND SQUARE FEET FOR GAMING. 3 IT WAS A PACKED HOUSE INSIDE FRUITPORT MIDDLE SCHOOL TONIGHT REPRESENTATIVES FROM SCHOOL BOARDS… TOURISM.. THE ENTIRE MUSKEGON COUNTY COMMISSION… AND MANY RESIDENTS SAY THE BENEFITS OF ADDING THE CASINO OUTWEIGH ANY CONCERNS IT MAY HAVE ON THE AREA.((THIS DEVELOPMENT WILL BE GOOD FOR THE TRIBE, GOOD FOR MUSKEGON COUNTY RESIDENTS, AND GOOD FOR BUSINESS IN WEST MICHIGAN.))THOUGH IT’S TAKEN YEARS TO GET TO THIS POINT — AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT DRAFT — TRIBE LEADERS SAY THEY’VE BEEN WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES TO GET THE CASINO OPEN.((LARRY ROMANELLI — LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS “THIS WAS THE BIG HUMP THAT WE NEEDED TO GET OVER THAT WE’VE BEEN WIAITING FOR FOR THREE YEAR.S ITS NOT THE END OF THE LINE BUT ITS ABSOLUTELY A MAJOR STEP.”))IN OPPOSITION– ONE LOCAL PASTOR SAID HE FEARS THE CASINO FUELING GAMBLING ADDICTIONS. HE’D LIKE TO SEE THE TRIBE DONATE MORE OF THE PROCEEDS TO LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS.((MARVIS HERRING/REPORTING “THERE’S NO TIMELINE ON WHEN THERE WILL BE A DECISION ON IF THIS PROPOSAL IS APPROVED OR NOT. YOU CAN SUBMIT PUBLIC COMMENT UNTIL JAN 7 WE HAVE A LINK TO DO SO ON WOODTV.COM IN FRUITPORT MARVIS HERRING 24 HOUR NEWS 8)) 3 3 BRIAN:..

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