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Groundbreaking begins Pala Casino expansion project


Last updated 10/28/2017 at Noon

Pala Casino Spa & Resort’s Chief Executive Officer Bill Bembenek addresses the crowd Tuesday, Oct. 17, during the resort’s groundbreaking on its $170 million expansion project. Kim Harris photos

Pala tribal chair Robert Smith removed an awning from a 14-year-old poolside kiosk with a bulldozer for the Oct. 17 groundbreaking of Pala Casino's expansion project.

The $170 million expansion and renovation will include a new hotel tower, a larger pool area, a larger casino area, three additional levels on the hotel parking structure, and an enlarged restaurant promenade.

"This is a proud moment for Pala," Smith said. "This is a significant milestone for our tribe. We look forward to continuing to exceed the expectations of our guests."

The construction will take place in three phases...

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