WLOX Editorial: Why the rush?

The Mississippi Gaming Commission made a wise, but surprisingly sudden move last week when it passed new requirements for future gaming development in our state. We are glad the commission reduced the expectations after listening to input from those in the industry.

The new "three diamond" rating is more realistic than the old requirement of  a Forbes "Four Star" hotel. We like the requirement that new casino resorts build 300 room hotels, with at least two restaurants and another unique amenity. The new rules likely mean a minimal $300 million investment. That's an investment reasonable in our market.

We do have one question though. Why the rush? The gaming commission meets in Biloxi next month. Commissioners could have used that opportunity to hear from more people directly impacted by gaming in South Mississippi. Perhaps more good or even better ideas would surface. We feel the commission should have waited another month or two before making a final decision.

One thing is certain, our casino resorts need the ability to compete nationally so that gamblers will choose South Mississippi over other destinations.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

Rick Williams
WLOX-TV General Manager

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