Gulfport approves support resolution for Rotate Black's casino project

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A second casino long proposed for the City of Gulfport may soon become a reality. After financing issues set the deal back, Rotate Black casino executives are telling city leaders they do have the financing in place to build the $112 million project.

And there's no denying Gulfport city leaders are ready for a second casino.

That's why they approved a resolution reaffirming their support for Rotate Black's application to precede with development of a casino on the west side of the Gulfport harbor.

"The key is they'll be given the green light on Monday. It will probably be conditioned on making sure that they meet the standards that they've applied for. That we'll have the four-star hotel. We're going to have the Hemingway's folks. There are a lot of folks who have done a lot of work," said Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes.

After more than a year of planning, city leaders are optimistic that the Hemingway themed casino will get the go ahead. And if it does the city is looking to gain more tourists, taxes and the one thing many people want.

"You're looking at jobs a lot of jobs that we need. You're looking at revenue because they're going to be on city property. So we support it because of those things," said Gulfport City Council President Ricky Dombrowski.

If the application is not approved Monday, then Rotate Black faces the new, extensive 2014 requirements set forth by the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

"The new gaming regulations go into effect which requires a much greater investment for anybody who's going to be seeking a casino on the Gulf Coast," Hewes said.

Those new Mississippi Gaming Commission requirements include more rooms and an attraction that goes beyond just gaming. The city, Rotate Black and the Mississippi Gaming Commission will all meet Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Gulfport City hall.

City leaders say the west side of the Gulfport harbor where developers want to build the casino, has been in demand for years by the likes of Donald Trump and Lady Luck Casino.

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