Gaming Commission to decide fate of harbor casino
by Associated Press
Published: December 27,2013
GULFPORT — The Mississippi Gaming Commission is scheduled to meet in Gulfport on Dec. 30 to decide whether developers can build a casino at the Gulfport harbor.
The commission will meet at city hall.
Rotate Black is the group proposing a $112-million casino resort on private property next to Jones Park. The Sun Herald reports the project stalled earlier this year as the company sought to raise money.
Developers have until New Year’s Eve to prove they have funding and get Gaming Commission approval to proceed. Otherwise, regulations will change Jan. 1 and backers will have to add more features before they can build.
The Gaming Commission adopted new regulations early this year that call for more extensive and expensive resorts. The new regulations set numbers and requirements for quality of hotel rooms and require other amenities that will bring more visitors to the casinos.
Developers who already have site approval were given until Dec. 31 to submit design and financial plans under the previous regulations. The new amenities are meant to entice people from outside the state to travel to Mississippi’s casinos, officials have said, expanding the number of gamblers.
Rotate Black’s approved plans for the $112 million resort call for a 205-room luxury hotel operated by Hemingway Hotel and Resorts and based on the life of author Ernest Hemingway, a 35,000-square-foot casino, a 4,000-square-foot swimming pool with cabanas and a swim-up bar, plus three restaurants and decks overlooking the water.
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