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I attended the meeting in Steamboat where the proposed Hayden casino was discussed and I came away with the feeling that the Sleeping Giant Group (SGG) is driven more by potential profits to be made from off-casino ventures than its desire to better serve the Routt County community. I have no opinion about the merits of the proposed casino. I do not gamble.
As a follow–up to the meeting I contacted SGG and received a response from Steve Hofman, one of the principle partners. He confirmed that question 13, under “frequently asked questions” on their website, accurately spells out their intent, “Sleeping Giant Group, as owners of the land not being put into federal
trust, will manage the development opportunities beyond the casino. These
will likely include an entertainment venue, hotel, food services not part of the
casino, parking facilities, etc.”
At the meeting we were told that only about 40 acres, out of the approximately 150 available, would be used directly for the casino. It seems to me that the stated SGG development opportunities offer a potential cash windfall to SGG and these would directly compete with other businesses in nearby communities further diluting their gross incomes. How is this a benefit to our community?
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