Shinnecock Nation Explores Plan For New Resort, Conference Center

a sign on the side of a road: A new economic day could be dawning for the Shinnecock Nation as plans for a high-end resort and conference center are put forth.
a sign on the side of a road: A new economic day could be dawning for the Shinnecock Nation as plans for a high-end resort and conference center are put forth.

SOUTHAMPTON, NY — The dawn of a new economic day could be coming soon for the Shinnecock Nation — with the vision of hotel and conference center pitched for tribal lands.

On Saturday, tribal members voted to lease lands from the Shinnecock Nation on its Westwoods property in Hampton Bays to Shinnecock Sovereign Holdings, which focuses on the tribe’s economic advancement, Shinnecock Nation Vice President Lance Gumbs said.

Talks about the hotel and resort project have only just begun, Gumbs, who brought the proposal for the project to the Nation, said. “We still have a long way to go. The size, scope, and details have to be worked out. There is no contract at this time. It’s a vision that, so far, our people have endorsed —but the contract negotiations still have to take place.”

His vision, Gumbs said, is for a year-round, self-sustaining, non-casino gaming project. “This will serve to uplift our people through income for social services programs, additional jobs, and a real presence on the East End,” Gumbs said. “We found the perfect mix for our area so we shall see what they have to say about this now — since it’s not a casino.”

The focus of the facility, Gumbs said, is on health and wellnees, with a spa and innovative tech incubator, all “overlooking the beautiful Peconic Bay,” Gumbs said

Only 20 acres of the Nation’s 102 acres will be used for the project, he said.

On Saturday, a vote was also taken to green light land use for a […]

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