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Island View breaks ground on beach casino

Rendering of Island View’s beach casino (Photo source: Island View Casino Resort) Rendering of Island View’s beach casino (Photo source: Island View Casino Resort)
Rendering of Island View’s beach casino (Photo source: Island View Casino Resort) Rendering of Island View’s beach casino (Photo source: Island View Casino Resort)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Island View Casino Resort officials broke ground on a new addition Wednesday: The Beach Casino at Island View. 

Casino co-owner Rick Carter says the expansion will give guests more of the amenities they've been wanting, and bring jobs to South Mississippi. 

"Terry [co-owner] and I have been working in the casino industry to make this level. Next year will be 30 years we've been in, so this is really the pinnacle of what we could ever dream of," said Carter. 

The new, smoke-free casino will be located on the south side of Highway 90 will be 43,000 square feet and feature a unique design. 

"The most exciting aspects for me are the floor to ceiling glass walls. That will allow this interface between the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi Sound and the casino," said Cathy Beeding, vice president and general counsel at Island View Casino Resort. 

Other amenities include a central corridor, central elevated center bar, and new restaurants; including a daiquiri bar. Officials say there will also be a large selection of state-of-the-art casino games.

"Rick Carter has invested more than anybody else as far as coming back and doing it time and again. Making the most of that opportunity, but also taking a chance on where he lives which is great," said Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes.

The casino would add approximately 250 jobs. 

"You look at the number of jobs that's being created at this time, and that's always a great opportunity for tourism," said Jerry Griffith, a Mississippi Gaming Commissioner. 

The expected opening date of the new addition is summer of 2018. This expansion will make Island View's casino floor a total of 123,000 square feet the largest casino floor on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 

The development is the casino's fourth phase since opening in 2006. 

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