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Hemingway Resort and Casino comes to Gulfport

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Within 90 days, you will begin to see Hemingway Resort and Casino begin to take shape in downtown Gulfport. The developers said it will create 650 jobs and will be an economic boost for Gulfport.

One Rotate Black executive said, "The best value when it comes to slots. The best value when it comes to the tables. We are going to have the best bet in town."

Along with a very well recognized name, This $115 million Hemingway project is the first of its kind in North America to be built on land adjacent to Gulfport's Jones Park.

Gulfport City Councilman Rusty Walker said, "They are bringing the Hemingway theme back to Gulfport. Hemingway, such a sportsman. And they are bringing that sportsman feel. And I hesitate to say, but a high brow feel."

A four star hotel with 200 rooms, several restaurants, bars and 34,000 feet of gaming.

Rotate Black's Dual Cooper said, "If you look at the casino, it's a lot bigger, restaurants are larger. We are doing something here with the ocean bar, we call it. People can step outside and have hor d'oeuvres and look at the harbor."

City Councilman Rusty Walker said not only is the Earnest Hemingway theme perfect for the fishing, outdoor community in South Mississippi, the project will be a jackpot for the city.

"The lease is going to provide revenue for the city of Gulfport, the gaming and gaming taxes will provide revenue to Gulfport," said Walker.

After two years in the making, Rotate Black CEO John Paulsen said, he sees this project as the anchor for more great things to come.

"And just building a great experience. A four star Hemingway, just fun. And I think with everything going on its just going to catapult this city," said John Paulsen.

Walker said, "We just think it's a win win for everyone."

The casino is slated to be complete in the fall of 2013.

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