Casino Developer No Longer Looking At Bay St. Louis

A deal to develop a casino resort near I-10 and the Dupont plant is dead. Instead, the Mandalay Resort group will concentrate on projects in Las Vegas and Detroit.

Mandalay's president, Glenn Schaeffer, spoke at the final day of the Southern Gaming Summit on Thursday. Schaeffer's company once had options on 300 acres of land along the north Bay of St. Louis. But the casino company recently let the options expire. That doomed its plans for a casino, hotel and golf course near Pass Christian.

"I think it's too soon to say would we ever see an opportunity in the Gulf that would attract us," Schaeffer said. "You never know. Currently with the Gold Strike in Tunica, where we're running a good race in that market, we're satisfied with

While the casino near Dupont is dead, a project near Diamondhead is still a possibility. Casino World officials say they're focusing all of their resources on that proposed development.