Gulfport's second casino gets the go ahead

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Gaming Commission just approved Rotate Black casino plans for land adjacent to Jones Park and the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor.

That casino is expected to be called Hemingway's.

The crowd at Gulfport city hall broke out in applause when the gaming commission gave its approval to the Hemingway casino project.  Construction on the project as early as April 1, 2014.

The proposal calls for a 205 room hotel and a casino with 34,000 square feet of gaming space.

Gaming commission chairman John Hairston told the crowd, by his count, this is the fifth time the project has come before the commission. It was approved in August of last year but the developer then failed to meet required financial deadlines and had to start the process over.

Now, developers say that money is in place.  And they told gaming commissioners they're ready to bring a second casino resort to Gulfport.

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