GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A casino company has returned its gaze to Gulfport after having to go back to the drawing board with its plans. As we first reported, Rotate Black missed its April deadline to secure financing for a $112 million casino.
This meant one of two things; either redesign the plans or give up the idea altogether.
If papers filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission are any indication, Rotate Black is once again eyeing Gulfport for a new casino. Company developers have been looking at the possibilities in the city since 2010.
Although the deadline to secure financing passed earlier this year, Dr. John Kelly says the land at the corner of Highway 90 and Highway 49 is ready for any casino to take interest.
"The site is an approved site. The acreage is there. The GRC is ready to negotiate a lease with them and so is the other property owner, but none of us have had any contact with Rotate Black. It's in their court," said Kelly.
Rotate Black's latest move details a redesign of its original Hemingway Casino Resort. Right now, many casino patrons see Gulfport's only gaming facility, the Island View, as a huge success for the city.
Just revisiting the thought of seeing another casino in the city has people excited.
"This one right here is bringing them in, so get another one in here, get another one in here," said one patron as he made his way into the Island View Casino Resort.
"It just would be good all around for the State of Mississippi," said another.
Irvin Favre and his wife, Linda, consider the Island View their home casino.
"But, I would like to see another casino in Gulfport," said Irvin.
He said the Island View is constantly busy with patrons on the gaming floor.
"It's not like there's too many casinos right now that are hurting one another. They seem to draw the people," said Irvin.
He remembers past casinos that set up shop in the city over the years. He thinks a new gaming facility would only see success.
"I'm hoping that they can make it this time," said Irvin.
Features in the new design of the Hemingway Casino would reportedly include 50,000 square feet of gaming, a 300 room hotel, several restaurants and a boutique pool and spa area.
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