Vegas casino developers looking East

Oct 1, 2002 6:33 AM

Las Vegas casino developers continue to eye sites around the country where gaming interest is rising.

The Poarch Creek Indians will consider a proposal from Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. for a $100 million video gaming and hotel complex in rural Alabama.

The Montgomery Advertiser, reported that Harrah’s has a presentation complete with artist’s renderings, architectural and engineering plans and a market study for the tribe’s review.

Also, Marnell Corrao Associates, a giant in the Las Vegas casino industry, is investing a proposed $500 million project that two Indian tribes want to build in southern Maine.

The resort would offer gaming, five restaurants, an entertainment showroom, convention space, a golf course, tennis courts and a nature preserve should gambling become legal in Maine.

AAA honors Mohegan

The national AAA announced that the new 34-story hotel at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun casino/resort has earned four-diamond status.

The crystalline hotel, part of the Mohegan tribe’s recent $1 billion expansion, has 1,176 rooms including 175 suites.

Kwame will fight

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will challenge a planned casino push for the Port Huron area.

Dennis Whittlesey, a Washington gaming expert, said Detroit lobbyists could make it tough to gain congressional approval for the casino agreement between the Bay Mills Indian Community in Port Huron and Michigan Gov. John Engler.

Port Huron casino supporters say they have enough support to get the casino built.

Against Vegas nights

Connecticut Gov. John Rowland voiced support for the first time against the state’s Las Vegas Nights law, calling for its repeal.

The law allows churches and civic organizations to offer gambling fundraisers. The Mashantucket Pequots used the law to open Foxwoods.

An effort to repeal the law was rejected in 1991 when religious groups protested.

ALSO: The opening of the $1 million showroom at Trump 29 casino in California marked the second phase of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians’ $60 million expansion”¦Work on the $115 million expansion at Resorts Atlantic City came to a stop because its demolition firm allegedly has mob ties”¦The Treasure Bay Casino barge in Biloxi, Miss., was damaged from Tropical Storm Isodore and will be closed for an undisclosed time.