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Oyster Bay casino project receives site approval


D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) – The Mississippi Gaming Commission granted site approval Thursday morning to a second casino proposal for D'Iberville. This project is called Oyster Bay.

Developers have told WLOX News they control six acres of land along Race Track Road near the Harrison/Jackson County border. They'd like the gaming commission to approve the Harrison County side of their property as a legal gaming site. That would be step one in a process that could eventually bring a $106 million casino project to the shores of the Back Bay of Biloxi. 

The presentation Oyster Bay representatives made to gaming commissioners said the casino may create more than 2,000 jobs and $8 million in state and local tax revenue.

The theme behind Oyster Bay is the area's rich history on the water. Developers are looking for a tall ship they can moor on site, and use as a tourist attraction. They're also looking for schooners, and other fishing boats that they can blend into their resort. They think the combination of sightseeing, food, entertainment and gambling will give Oyster Bay the edge it needs to compete in South Mississippi's casino market.

The project is being developed by Malcolm Duane Lewis, a veteran developer of commercial real estate along with Tom Moore, a D'Iberville native currently employed as the Executive Director of The New Hope Program, a local initiative designed to provide services to children who exhibit physical, emotional and behavioral disabilities. Teaming with the developers is Thomas Brosig, a casino veteran and President of The Brosig Group.

Oyster Bay is the second casino proposal brought to the gaming commission this year. The Can Can also has a gaming site along Race Track Road. Both projects are on the east side of the I-110 bridge.

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