FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Another chance for the public to weigh in on a proposed casino for Muskegon County and another evening full of praise for the project.

Wednesday night the public was invited to comment on the potential environmental impact of a $180 million casino project proposed by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

The tribe, who already has a casino in Manistee, Mich., wants to put a casino-hotel complex on the site of the old Great Lakes Downs Race Track in Fruitport Township.

Just like a few years ago when there was public input on the project, the comments Wednesday night were mostly positive and enthusiastic.

“The tax revenue from this project is going to benefit tremendously,” said Muskegon County Treasurer Tony Moulatsiotis.

“On behalf of the Lakes Mall I would like to express our full support,” added mall assistant manager Julie Sustaita.

“Since we announced our casino plans I have received nothing but encouragement and support from people in the community,” said Tribal Ogema Larry Romanelli.

The U.S. Department of the Interior could decide early next year if it approves the Muskegon County casino project.

Then the tribe needs the state legislature and the governor to also agree. Tribal leaders think the promise of over 12,000 jobs will be politically persuasive

“Everything is positive,” says Romanelli. “It is a go, go, go.”

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