After months of delay waiting for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to issue a permit, construction began in November on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s 9 million Margaritaville Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The property will open in late 2016 and will be connected to the existing River Spirit Casino.
The new destination resort-casino will offer a casino, convention space, a 3,000-seat entertainment venue and a 27-story, 483-room hotel. The project will add 800 full-time jobs and generate $135 million a year into the local economy. Located on the Arkansas River, Margaritaville will have a beach theme, complete with a pool deck, cabanas and palm trees.
General Manager Jerry Floyd said the dirt work alone will cost $20 million, and with architectural and engineering work plus other incidental expenses, the total price tag will hit $365 million, making Margaritaville the second-largest construction project in the history of the state of Oklahoma.