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Spotlight: Hard Rock Casino coming back?

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — A long-dead casino project in Kenosha is being resurrected by the Florida Indian tribe that partnered on a similar proposal nearly a decade ago, Capitol sources tell Empower Wisconsin.

This time, the Seminole Tribe of Florida is looking to purchase approximately 16 acres just west of Interstate-94 in the growing village of Bristol, about 15 miles west of Kenosha, sources say.

Bristol village officials say they are not aware of any deals in the offing, but at least one village board member says she would be strongly opposed to a casino in the community of about 5,000 people.

The gambling/entertainment complex would be a scaled-back version of the $800 million Hard Rock Hotel & Casino first proposed in 2013 for Kenosha’s former Dairyland Greyhound Park. The project was a joint venture of Wisconsin’s Menominee Nation and Hard Rock International, owned and operated by the Seminole.

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