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Construction of new casino hotel tower celebrates milestone

BILOXI — The roof is now on and the topping-off ceremony was celebrated to mark that milestone for the new 12-story hotel tower at Hard Rock Casino Biloxi. Yesterday, a crane hoisted a pine tree to the hotel’s roof and a flag unfurled down the face of the building. A rainy summer delayed concrete pouring and pushed back the completion ...

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Casino revenue up, but gaming along river remains depressed

It has been an easy year so far for the state’s casinos, but there is finally some good news, at least for venues on the Coast. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show casinos took in about $179.1 million in August, compared to about $178.4 million a year ago, according to The Associated Press. The 12 casinos in coastal counties won ...

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Officials vote for referendum on proposed lodging tax

HORN LAKE — Aldermen have approved a resolution confirming the Oct. 8 referendum date for a proposed hotel/motel tax levy designed to boost the city of Horn Lake’s tourism and economic development funds. The Commercial Appeal reports the board in August voted to hold a referendum on the proposed tax, which would place a $2 per night tax on hotel ...

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Katrina-wrecked bed and breakfast prepares to reopen

BAY ST. LOUIS — A bed and breakfast destroyed eight years ago by Hurricane Katrina is about to re-open on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Sun Herald reports the Bay Town Inn in Bay St. Louis is set to re-open on Sept. 21. Owner Nikki Moon says the project to bring the Bay Town Inn back had help from a ...

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Full House closes on financing, signs contracts for Silver Slipper hotel

HANCOCK COUNTY — Full House Resorts has closed on an amendment to its first lien credit agreement to provide for a $10-million loan from its first lien facility lenders, which will be used to fund a portion of the approximate $17.7-million construction of a 142-room hotel at the Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock County. Full House also has signed construction ...

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Voters say no to new tax for recreational development

GAUTIER — The Gautier recreation department will not be getting any improvements. At least not right now. The Sun Herald reports residents voted down a referendum Tuesday in a special election to levy a 2 percent tax on hotels, motels and prepared food and beverages. The referendum received only 54 percent of vote. It needed 60 percent to pass. Mayor ...

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Road project expected to spur casino development

BILOXI — The extension of Back Bay Boulevard won’t quite complete “the loop” around East Biloxi but it will be enough for casino developers to invest millions in the city. The Sun Herald reports city council members heard a proposal yesterday for using $5 million from the Mississippi Development Authority to complete Phase I of the road construction. They also ...

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Casino planning $50M hotel tower renovation on Coast

GULFPORT — Island View Casino Resort is expanding with a planned $50 million investment to transform a hotel tower vacant since Hurricane Katrina into a 400-room hotel and convention center. The Sun Herald reported the tower on the south side of U.S. Highway 90 had been part of Grand Casino Gulfport before Katrina struck in August 2005. Island View owners ...

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Lacking dorm space, university rents motel for $800K-plus

JACKSON — Facing more demand than it has dormitory beds, Jackson State University will spend more than $800,000 to rent a motel to house students for the coming school year. The College Board voted unanimously yesterday to approve the plan to rent the 120-room downtown Jackson Travelodge from Bapu Hotels LLC. The money comes from student housing fees. Higher Education ...

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