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July 22, 2010

Calverton is not the only purposed location for the Shinnecock Indian Nation Casino. Lance Gumbs, a tribal senior trustee, spoke with reporters after a meeting on Thursday. He stated over 30 potential sites have been presented to the tribe. All of which are in Suffolk County. Only a few of those locations have been made public.

One potential site is next to Calverton's Splish Splash on Route 25. It is a 131 arce parcel of land. It provides room for future expansion. It also has frontage on two sides for the Long lsland Expressway and Route 25.

Another property is owned by Riverhead Town. A 755 acre lot that was to be the Riverhead Resorts site. The town is under contract to sell the land for $108 million. Riverhead Resorts was to build a year round eight resort themed facility. Riverhead Resorts is pushing to have everything finalized before the end of the year. However due to issues with government agencies and that the property needs to be subdivided first, the town is unsure if Riverhead Resorts will be able to hold up it's end of the deal. Currently, the town also has a ban on casinos. Town Board members will need to lift the ban and currently it is unclear if they will.

In the industrial center of EPCAL, there is a 95 acre parcel that is also being considered. Last month, a presentation was made by the owner, Engel Burman Group, to the task force. However, 40 Brookhaven Town civic associations are opposed to the development. The task force was informed of this by Manor Park Civic Association's John Paulson on Thursday. They are opposed to a casino anywhere in Brookhaven Town.

In order for the Shinnecocks to build the casno off reservation land, they first need to purchase the property. The land then goes into a federal government trust. Zoning restrictions do not apply.

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