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Proposed Cloverdale Indian Casino update (Sonoma County)

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July 22, 2008

SONOMA COUNTY - Since last year the Cloverdale Rancheria has tripled the acreage for the site of their proposed casino and hotel. The original 25 acres on Highway 101 at the southeastern boundary of Cloverdale has increased to 79 acres. The location is next to Highway 101 bordered by Asti Road to the west and Lile Lane to the northeast. Santana Drive runs parallel to its southern boundary.

The casino resort including a hotel and spa would occupy 596,000 square feet. Some residents and city council members are concerned about the size of the project.

"In little Cloverdale? There goes our small-town charm," said City Councilman Gus Wolter. The Cloverdale City Council has already passed a resolution opposing the casino.

The process for federal and state approval of this casino can take up to five years.

The next step in that process is an environmental impact study by the federal government. Officials from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs have scheduled a public meeting to hear local concerns and to "scope" the issues to be included in the study. The issues typically include traffic, water, noise, agricultural, and "socio-economic" impacts that would be created by the casino.

The public meeting is scheduled July 30th at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds from 6-9 p.m.

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