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Caesar's drops lease; cleanup begins at former Casino Magic site

BILOXI — Caesars Entertainment has dropped its lease on the Casino Magic property in East Biloxi and crews are cleaning out the tower.

The Sun Herald reports city officials say they are frustrated that nothing is being done to demolish the abandoned casino project next door.

Jerry Creel, Biloxi’s community development director, told the city council yesterday that a local contractor has been issued a permit to basically gut Casino Magic.

Tyrone Gollott, one of the owners of the property, later said vandals have damaged the interior of the building that has been closed since Hurricane Katrina. Structural engineers have tested the building and he said they pronounced it sound.

By cleaning the property, Gollott says the owners hope to lease it for a hotel or possibly sell it.

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