GREENVILLE, Mississippi — The Greenville City Council has approved Trop Casino’s proposal to move its gambling operations on Lake Ferguson onshore and develop the city’s waterfront.
Mayor John Cox broke a tie vote Thursday.
The casino and its parent company, Las Vegas-based Tropicana Entertainment Inc., say they hope to have the casino, parking areas and a new restaurant ready by December of 2014.
“We’re going to bring back some of the old things that they used to do in Greenville like boat racing,” Chris Strobbe, general manager of the Trop Casino, told the Mississippi Gaming Commission Thursday morning before the city council’s vote. “It will open up the lakefront for the city.
“We’re really excited. This will be a real shot in arm for economy for Greenville and the Delta.”
Strobbe said the total investment in the project will be a little over $10 million.
The Trop plans to move the 580 slot machines and seven table games it operates on the floating facility to a facility to be built on the shore.
The proposal includes a fine-dining restaurant with a non-casino entrance for family access to be built above a two-level parking structure.