Greater Tulsa Reporter
MESSAGE OF APPRECIATION: Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum speaks at the December opening of the River Spirit Casino Resort’s 27-story hotel tower, while representatives of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and Tulsa Regional Chamber CEO Mike Neal listen. (See page 3 for additional information.)
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Greater Tulsa Reporter’s February Kudos of the Month goes to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation for its development of River Spirit Casino Resort and Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant, helping to grow Tulsa into a go-to tourist destination.
The $365 million expansion project broke ground in 2013.
The first milestone that the Margaritaville project met was the opening of the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar in July 2015.
Next came the opening of the Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant in August 2016, with a resort grand entry, valet parking structure and expanded 3,000-space parking facility with a climate-controlled walkway.
In September, the 30,000-square-foot convention center opened; the adjoining 27-story hotel tower with full-service spa opened in December.
In January, River Spirit opened Margaritaville’s Paradise Cove theater and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
The final piece of the expansion, the Landshark Bar, resort pool deck, outdoor event space, and River Parks Trail will open in the spring.
Kudos to Principal Chief James R. Floyd who addressed his people in the State of the Nation about the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s blueprint for progress and success accomplished over the past calendar year. The address was held at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Mound Building on Jan. 28.
The address reviewed the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s economic development plans and actions on how they will be improving services and programs for the Indian nation.