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Development means more damage if Coast hit by hurricane

Close call from season`s first storm keeps Coast folks on toes

In the six years since the first dockside casino opened on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, there have been investments of close to $3 billion in casinos and related developments. And at least once each year a hurricane has threatened it all.

“We have a lot more of everything here, not just the casinos, but everything else,” said Linda Rouse, director of Harrison County Civil Defense. “You are susceptible to more damage.”

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