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Isle of Capri closing costs city six-digit loss

NATCHEZ — After crunching the numbers, the Natchez city clerk says the city lost approximately $106,000 in gaming revenues during the 41 days the Isle of Capri casino was closed for flooding. City Clerk Donnie Holloway reported the amount at a meeting of the Natchez Board of Aldermen. The actual losses are $16,000 less than previously predicted by Holloway. [ITAL]The ...

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Oil spill grant may lead to Coast tourism consolidation

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A new regional tourism partnership created to help administer a $16-million grant from BP may soon replace individual tourism bureaus all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Mississippi Coast Regional Partnership was created earlier this year after the state and BP agreed to award Mississippi $16 million for tourism. The partnership is made up of two ...

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City approves TIF bond for Margaritaville streets

BILOXI — City streets leading to the new Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant in East Biloxi will be improved with a Tax Increment Financing bond. The Biloxi Council voted to allow up to $1.65 million in TIF bonds for the project. The money will be used by the developer to install turn lanes on Oak Street and Fifth Street ...

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Flood swamps winnings at riverboat casinos

WEST MISSISSIPPI — Flooding along the Mississippi River took a chunk out of Mississippi’s state-licensed casino winnings in May as well as state and local government tax coffers. High water caused lengthy closures for most of the 19 riverfront casinos. As a result, those casinos won only $41 million last month, compared with $107.8 million in May 2010 and $101.8 ...

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Federal policy change clears Choctaw casino on Coast

JACKSON COUNTY — A federal policy change could remove a key barrier that prevented a Choctaw casino from opening in Jackson County. Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk announced last week that he has rescinded a 2008 memorandum that essentially prevented off-reservation casinos. The Sun Herald reports that Echo Hawk said the memorandum was unnecessary and “issued without ...

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State’s casinos want non-gamblers and families to visit, too

You don’t have to be a gambler to visit Mississippi casinos. With the state’s increasing emphasis on the tourism and hospitality industry, Mississippi’s gaming properties want non-gamblers and families to know they’re welcome to visit. Since the state’s legal gambling halls began opening in the early 1990s, the casinos have proclaimed they have something for everyone, and that message continues. ...

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Biloxi casino takes bold step with new smoking policy

The Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi is bravely going where no casino in Mississippi has gone. With the opening of the property’s expansion and renovation project June 14, the casino, hotel, restaurants and lounge/sports bar became smoke free. In recent years, statistics from the American Heart Association and other health organizations have increasingly supported the dangers of second-hand smoke and ...

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