Local & Regional
Tue March 19, 2013
Casino Expansion Could Mean More River Improvements
The Arkansas River may not look like a tropical paradise right now, but the Muscogee (Creek) Nation plans to change that, at least at its 81st Street River Spirit Casino.
It’s planning on adding a new 22-story hotel and a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant.
Muscogee (Creek) Principal Chief George Tiger says tribal investment in Arkansas River infrastructure is a definite possibility.
“We’re looking at alternatives, options, if you will,” he said, “about how we can put water on the river.”
The additions to the complex will include a swimming pool and a deck overlooking the river.
“To be able to look at developing something where we could put water on the river is a priority,” Tiger said, “not only with what we want to do with this facility, but other things that we have visions for in the future.”
The resort, once finished, is expected to add around 800 new full-time jobs.
The projected annual economic impact of the additions is estimated at more than $135 million.