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Commission again rejects plans for proposed Coast casino

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Gaming Commission has asked casino developer Rotate Black to try again. The commission, in a 3-0 vote, again rejected the company’s plan for the Harbor Town Casino on the waterfront in Gulfport. In April, the commission asked developers to add more to their proposal, hoping the additional investment would bolster coast tourism. Harbor Town’s Jake Vanderlei ...

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Buffett attends certification meeting for Magaritaville Casino

JACKSON — Jimmy Buffett says creating jobs on the Gulf Coast is a rewarding part of his new Margaritaville Casino and Resort in Mississippi. Buffett was in Jackson today when the Mississippi Gaming Commission signed off the certification for the casino, set to open next Tuesday in Biloxi. The meeting was a formality. Gaming Commission Chairman Jerry St. Pe told ...

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Supervisors turn down CVB's offer to join tourism promotion group

JACKSON COUNTY — Jackson County supervisors have turned down the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau offer to add Jackson County representatives to their board to form a tri-county entity in support of Mississippi Coast tourism. Supervisor John McKay said yesterday he supported the move because it’s important for the Coast to speak with a unified voice. But, Supervisor ...

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Coast CVB invites county to join in promoting tourism

JACKSON COUNTY — The Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau has invited Jackson County to join Harrison and Hancock counties in tourism promotion. Beth Carriere, executive director of the bureau, presented a memorandum of understanding to the Board of Supervisors yester, according to The Mississippi Press. “We would hope that Jackson County would want to join in with the ...

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Auditor's Office tells city to put tax money in escrow

HORN LAKE — The state Auditor’s Office says Horn Lake needs to place money collected from an unauthorized hotel-motel tax into an escrow account until the issue is resolved. City officials told The Commercial Appeal yesterday they have already been doing so. The issue stems from a $2 per night tax on hotel and motel rooms that is designed to ...

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FAA awards $9.7M in grants to state airports

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Airport improvement projects in Mississippi will receive more than $9.7 million in Federal Aviation Administration funding. The announcement was made by Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. Cochran said the announcements came after final congressional approval to legislation that reauthorized federal aviation programs such as the AIP, the Small Community Air Service Development Program and the Essential Air Service ...

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Caesars pulls plug on construction of unfinished casino

BILOXI — Casino operator Caesars Entertainment Corp. says it won’t continue construction of the unfinished casino on the beach in Biloxi, Miss. The company took a $167.5 million non-cash impairment charge on the project, writing off the money spent on the casino before stopping work in 2008. Caesars spokesman Gary Thompson tells the Sun Herald the project was halted at ...

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Full House lands financing to purchase Silver Slipper Casino

BAY ST. LOUIS — Las Vegas, Nev.-based Full House Resorts reports it has obtained financing commitments for new credit facilities totaling $75 million to fund the company’s acquisition of the Silver Slipper Casino. The financing will consist of a $55 million first lien credit facility and a $20 million second lien facility. Capital One N.A. will serve as administrative agent ...

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Delta airport chooses Silver Airways; DOT must approve bid

GREENVILLE — Silver Airways officials say they can start providing air service in August to Greenville Mid-Delta Regional Airport if the government approves. Silver Airways’ proposal is pending before the U.S. Department of Transportation. The city of Greenville announced earlier this month that it was supporting Silver Airways for the contract with the USDOT’s Essential Air Service program. Last July, ...

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Committee members get plans for Isle-Biloxi renovations, expansion

BILOXI — The Biloxi Development Review Committee has received plans from Golden Nugget officials for a $150 million remodel and expansion of the Isle Casino Biloxi. Attorney Britt Singletary said yesterday the sale of the casino resort in East Biloxi could be completed in July. Singletary says the Isle won’t be rebranded the Golden Nugget until the restorations are complete. ...

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