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The Poll: Casino near Coliseum?

A file photo of a blackjack dealer dealing

A file photo of a blackjack dealer dealing on the Escapade, a luxury gambling vessel operated by Opus Casino Cruise LInes in Freeport. (July 25, 2010) Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

The Shinnecock Indian Nation and Nassau County are close to signing a memorandum of understanding that could lead to the tribe buying and developing about 40 acres of county land for a casino adjacent to the Nassau Coliseum, people briefed on the plan said.

The proposal for a tribal casino and a hotel/conference center, still in its preliminary stages, would not be directly linked to any rebuilding of the Coliseum or to Islanders' owner Charles Wang's aborted Lighthouse project, the sources said.

A source familiar with the county's plans confirmed that a deal was in the works but added it was "not signed yet."

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