GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – A company called Rotate Black, Inc. is ready to take a gamble on Gulfport's waterfront.
A news release e-mailed to WLOX News today says Rotate Black wants to turn the old Marine Life and Misco Marine locations into a casino site. The news release says, "The company plans to initially dock a 240 foot by 65 foot gaming vessel at the site. Formerly owned by Harrah's Entertainment, the ship has 30,000 square feet of gaming space and two restaurants. The spacious ship with high ceilings recently underwent a $40 million renovation, including updating of the exterior, interior decor, mechanical and gaming systems."
The president of Rotate Black is Dual Cooper. Several years ago, he was an executive with the Grand Casinos properties. WLOX News has confirmed that Cooper met with gaming officials in Jackson today. But so far, his company has not applied for any of the regulatory approvals it will need to open a Gulfport casino.
The Rotate Black news release says the floating casino next to the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor will create 450 jobs. The plan is to open the gambling ship this fall.
The statement quotes Gulfport councilwoman Libby Milner Roland. In the news release, she says, "I am excited to see something happening on that property. With the renovations and new businesses downtown and the development of Jones Park and the harbor, Gulfport is receiving a much-needed makeover. This is just one more component to enhance what we have to offer our residents and visitors."
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