After obtaining the necessary federal approvals for a planned casino in Muskegon County, Michigan earlier this year, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians' $ 180 million Lakeshore Casino and Resort project may be further delayed due to opposition from elected officials in the greater Detroit region.

According to MLive, last week the Council of Wayne and Detroit County Commissioners passed resolutions opposing "all attempted games outside of reservation" in Michigan. City Council. The statements reportedly mentioned a proposed casino on the former 5/8 mile racecourse in Fruitport Township, as well as Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians an estate effort in Wayne County that dates back to 2012.

Required approvals:

The Harness Racetrack, formerly known as the Great Lakes Downs, was purchased by a federally recognized tribe in July 2008 with the primary goal of building a Class III casino. After five years of stagnation, then-governor Rick Snyder 2013 was decided in October to allow federal verification and licensing.

As it is "out of reservation" the proposed tribal casino requires state and federal approval. Also, since it would be the second Little River Band casino of Ottawa Indians, its the state gaming agreement will also have to be changed . So, although the design was approved by the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in March, the tribe from Manistee and Mason counties still has to pass through Gretchen Whitmer's office before construction begins.

Casino plans :

It is located about 90 miles south of the tribe-founded casino located on its tribal land north of Manistee, casino out of booking It will reportedly include a 220 - key hotel, along with 69, 11 sq ft gaming space with 1,700 slot machines and 35 board games. According to a source, the tribe says its off-booking casino wallet is due to the fact that many of its members live in the Muskegon County region.

Concerns reported :

In its resolution last week, Detroit City Council reportedly said off-book games could "pose a threat" to revenues generated by its trio of private casinos including MGM Resorts International (MGM: NYSE) MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino Hotel and Greektown Casino powered by Penn National Gaming.

Reflecting this concern, Wayne County Commissioner Alisha Bell reportedly said in a 26 press release - the county board is concerned about "a possible influx of casino gaming activities," MLive reported.

According to 2020 Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) Annual Report (pdf), Adjusted Gross Receipts of Three Detroit Casinos for the year amounted to 620, 385, 35 while combined 8.1 percent of state betting taxes paid by the three licensees and deposited with state school aid The total funds were 50, 251, 187. The total City of Detroit staking taxes paid by the trio totaled $ 73, 825, 818, which at the time accounted for a significant percentage of the city's budget according to the 2020 report.

Tribal Ogema Larry Romanelli said it was "a little strange" that the project had opposition from the whole state. According to the news agency, he said ...

“It's like forcing us to do business. I wouldn't think of going to Detroit and giving them a way of doing business. "

Tribal opposition :

Resistance from Detriot officials is supported by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, which owns and operates the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino and Soaring Eagle Casino Resort in Standish and Mount Pleasant respectively, along with the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and Gun Lake tribes that own the casinos in Battle Creek and Wayland Township. Each of the three tribal casinos is located within two hours of driving from Fruitport Township.

A spokesman for the three tribes, James Nye, reportedly said the resolutions show "cross-party opposition" to off-book games, and also believes that resolutions separate from what is "the largest city in Michigan" could influence Governor Whitmer's decisions.

However, Romanelli reportedly said he had "faith and confidence" in the governor, as he continues to evaluate the proposal. Adding this ...

“It has cross-party support, strong cross-party support. So I just think the stars have lined up correctly. "

The proposed tribal casino experienced some bump when on February 028, 2021, the Michigan House of Representatives file approved a resolution as presented by state representative Roger Hauck, R-Union Township, objecting to the "uncontrolled proliferation of off-book games" that are not covered by tribal, Michigan and US Department of the Interior approved gaming agreements.

A game of waiting :

In December, the Lakeshore Casino and Resort project received a positive decision and a two-part ruling (pdf) from the BIA, a decision that Governor Whitmer will have to agree as required by the Indian Games Act (IGRA).

According to $ 180 reports, the tribe estimated the development of millions on create 3,000 New Jobsincluding 1,500 full -time items and 1,500 constructions and support work for the Muskegon community.