State Rep. Samantha Kerkman issued another statement Thursday in support of the approval of a Menominee tribal casino in Kenosha. The latest statement references the announcement that the Menominee have contracted with Hard Rock International to operate the facility.
Kerkman’s district includes most of Western Kenosha County. The casino would be located at the site of the closed Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha.
Kekrman’s statement, issued jointly with state Rep. Thomas Weatherston of Caledonia, is as follows:
Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) and Rep. Thomas Weatherston (R-Caledonia) released a statement in support of today’s announcement of the partnership between the Menominee Indian Tribe and Seminole Hard Rock International to bring the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to Kenosha. “This is a potentially historic day for Kenosha and southeastern Wisconsin. Our state has a chance to gain the world’s attention by partnering with the Seminole Hard Rock International brand. Their expertise and proven success will help Wisconsin become one of the premier entertainment destinations in the Midwest. This announcement changes the dynamic of the project in a way that we are very excited about,” said Rep. Kerkman. On August 23, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Interior approved the application submitted by the Menominee to build a new casino on the Kenosha County property that formerly housed the Dairyland Greyhound Park. Today’s announcement of the partnership between the Menominee and Hard Rock International signifies an important final step forward for the project and in many ways assures the project’s success. Hard Rock International, owned by the Florida-based Seminole Indian tribe since 2007, has experience developing casino hotels in multiple states and abroad. The brand is internationally-recognized and has an excellent reputation which will bring tourists from throughout the region to the new complex, of which the casino will be one of many entertainment offerings. The project awaits final approval from Governor Walker. “The casino would be an economic benefit to our state in many ways. This project will offer a quality paycheck to thousands of citizens who need employment in Racine and Kenosha, and also pump millions of dollars in annual revenue into our state’s treasury,” said Rep. Weatherston. Rep. Kerkman represents a portion of Kenosha County and Rep. Weatherston represents a portion of Racine County in the State Assembly.