Exclusive: Rotate Black considers 'land based' casino

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - During a meeting at Gulfport City Hall on Friday, city insiders talked about the new projects that will soon take shape around town. They mentioned a couple of new hotels on Landon Road and on Highway 90. They also mentioned the Rotate Black casino project.

WLOX News Director Brad Kessie was at that meeting. When he got back to his office, he made calls to Rotate Black, hoping to learn new exclusive details about the casino proposal.

Rotate Black first announced its intentions to open a casino on property adjacent to Gulfport small craft harbor in March, 2010. At that time, city leaders were told the slot machines were going to be on the water, on a vessel brought down from Chicago that would be tied up to the old Miscode Marine and Marine Life properties.

Now, that plan seems to be changing.  According to Jake Vanderlei, the man who will head up Rotate Black's Gulfport development, "Land based is part of what we're considering for the project."

Vanderlei would not offer any other specifics on the record, saying he wants to make sure the company has met all of the gaming commission's requirements, and gotten on the gaming commission agenda, before it goes public with his casino plans.

Vanderlei did say, "We are very excited about where we are."

The next Mississippi Gaming Commission meeting is August 25.  Rotate Black is not on the agenda.

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