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Casino plans continue in Gulfport

By Jessica Bowman – email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Rotate Black's proposal includes more than 20,000 square feet of gaming space. It would be located adjacent to the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor and Jones Park. If Rotate Black's President Dual Cooper has his way, people will be enjoying a new place to gamble in Gulfport. He said Gulfport is a prime location for a new casino.

"They're looking to have about 825 slots in there and 24 table games," said Cooper.

If the casino does come to the small craft harbor, it will be right next door to Ship Island Excursions.

Director of Marketing for Ship Island Excursions Kevin Buckel said, "We always welcome any new development, and we think a casino with the prospects of it building into a casino and land base hotel is just exciting news."

So where are the plans with this multi-million dollar gaming vessel right now?

Cooper said, "We're looking at starting the work on our site approval process. We're starting to put together in the next week or two our personal applications for gaming, and then all the steps that follow will come into play," Cooper said. "Right now, I've been hiring engineers and architects and so on to move forward with the project."

As for the city of Gulfport, Mayor George Schloegel said they support the casino developer's plans as long as they intend to have land based amenities.

"We are encouraged to hear that there will be a 500 to 550 room hotel with this new application should that occur we're 100% behind the move," said Mayor Schloegel.

Cooper said, "I don't want a boat out here for the next ten years. That's not what we're shooting for. We're basically looking and moving for the boat on land, building a hotel casino on land that's our goal."

Mayor Schloegel said if the company gets the necessary approval from the gaming commission then it can go to the city for zoning permits.

Cooper said Rotate Black is expected to close on the boat in the next 30 days. He said once that happens, the boat will be painted completely white on the outside. As for a name, he says the company has not come up with one yet, but they are working on it.

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