Chumash Tribe informs county of plans to expand gaming facility

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California plans to expand its gaming facility.

The Chumash Casino Resort opened in 2004. The tribe says an expansion is long overdue.

“While we were trying to address the concerns of the community, we did ourselves a disservice by building a hotel much smaller than the market dictated,” Chairman Vincent Armenta said in a letter to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, The Lompoc Record reported. “As a result, we are now faced with the problem of not having enough rooms to accommodate all the guests at our gaming facility and not enough rooms to address the potential growth in the market. The improvements would address these issues.”

The tribe is considering more hotel rooms, a bigger gaming floor, additional gaming machines, more parking spaces and other amenities. Plans are still being developed but advance notice was required by the tribal-state Class III gaming compact.

Get the Story:
Armenta: Wider gaming floor, expanded hotel under consideration (The Lompoc Record 3/30)
Chumash Want More Gamblers and Guests (The Santa Barbara Independent 3/27)

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