DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) - Diamondhead residents against the idea of Jacobs Entertainment locating a casino development on the south side of the city say they've received good news from two credible sources. Jacobs Entertainment is expected to go before the State Gaming Commission on Thursday for site approval.
Developers want to build a casino resort near property where the Harbor House Condos were located before Hurricane Katrina, but the Director of the State Gaming Commission has been quoted saying he will recommend the commission deny approval after receiving an opinion from Department of Marine Resources Director Jamie Miller.
That opinion said the marsh near the proposed site is considered land. Therefore, it cannot be counted as part of the Bay of St. Louis.
According to Gaming Commission rules, casinos must sit no further than 800 feet from the 'mean high water line.' Residents opposed to the proposed casino are pleased with the DMR's decision.
"Our take is the shoreline is out on the other side of that marsh. We don't agree with anything other than that," said Diamondhead resident Uwe Seitz. "I mean, that's kind of where I believe it is, and then you've got a couple different experts that have a different belief. I think now that the DMR has come out, the DMR is finally coming to their senses and saying, 'hey, this is really where it is.'"
There will be a bus load of Diamondhead residents headed to Jackson for the Gaming Commission meeting on Thursday. Seitz and his wife will be on that bus.