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Gulfport City Council strikes harbor casino deal

The Gulfport City Council has unanimously approved a 60-year lease for a harbor casino that would be developed by partners who run a casino and hotel in Natchez.

The Sun Herald reports one of the partners, Virginia attorney Robert Lubin, also has extended a contract with a private owner to buy the rundown Markham Building downtown by June 30.

His Mississippi Coast Entertainment LP is expected to sign a casino lease with the city’s urban-renewal agency, the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission, and two private owners — Marine Life and Misco Marine. The city and two companies will lease 10.8 acres for the casino.

Lubin told the council Tuesday his company has talked with Gaming Commission representatives about what the casino project needs to move forward.

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