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Chumash casino expansion to include 12-story hotel tower
Chumash casino expansion to include 12-story hotel tower

The Chumash tribe will begin construction in coming weeks of a $100-million expansion of its Las Vegas-style casino that will bring a 12-story hotel tower and rooftop pool to the hills of the Santa Ynez Valley. The project by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is going forward despite concerns by an array of local and state agencies, including the attorney general’s office and the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, and is sure to sow more bitterness in the ongoing dispute over the bucolic valley’s future. “It’s very distressing because people see it as a Las Vegas, big-city, urban-style development going right in this rural, agricultural area,”...

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