Big Turn Out for Island View's Expansion Grand Opening - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Big Turn Out for Island View's Expansion Grand Opening

Gulfport's only casino has raised the stakes with a multimillion dollar expansion. Monday night, people from all over got the chance to be among the first to visit the newest addition to the Island View Casino.

The anticipation was as intense as a high stakes bet as casino leaders prepared to draw back the curtain and let the crowd roam the 50,000 square foot expansion of the Island View Casino.

Before that happened, world renowned chef Emeril Lagasse, who is opening a restaurant in the casino, fired up the crowd.

"I have to tell you this is a really huge day for us here. I want to thank Terry, Rick, and the mayor for such a great project.," Emeril said.

"It's wonderful. It's really fabulous. It looks like it's going to be really exciting. Something new that the coast needs, because we need it," said Jenny Smiley

Smiley and her husband Brad visit the Island View about twice a week. They're looking forward to the new amenities they'll get to enjoy.

"All the lights, and the glimmer, it's really beautiful, all the lights that they have, all the mirrors, and all the machines, they're wonderful," Smiley said.

Harrison County Supervisor Connie Rockco mingled with the crowd while checking out the new gaming floor. She said, "I think it's fabulous. It's huge. It's much bigger than I had anticipated and it's so crowded, and we want to bring those tax dollars in to Mississippi."

As for Long Beach resident Paul Young, he's just glad there's more to do in the area where he lives.

"Yeah, right. We don't have very much entertainment in Long Beach. It's a very small community, and we're still trying to recover from the hurricane, so this is probably the number one thing to do in the Long Beach area," Young said.

By Toni Miles 

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Southern Miss wins the C-USA Tournament, defeating FAU 12-3

    Southern Miss wins the C-USA Tournament, defeating FAU 12-3

    Sunday, May 27 2018 5:32 PM EDT2018-05-27 21:32:12 GMT
    Southern Miss is bringing a conference tournament championship home to Hattiesburg with a 12-3 victory over FAU. (Photo source: WLOX)Southern Miss is bringing a conference tournament championship home to Hattiesburg with a 12-3 victory over FAU. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Southern Miss is bringing a conference tournament championship home to Hattiesburg with a 12-3 victory over FAU.

    More >>

    Southern Miss is bringing a conference tournament championship home to Hattiesburg with a 12-3 victory over FAU.

    More >>
  • People still prepare while others enjoy beautiful Sunday weather

    People still prepare while others enjoy beautiful Sunday weather

    Sunday, May 27 2018 5:07 PM EDT2018-05-27 21:07:26 GMT
    It was a picture-perfect Memorial Day Sunday with a few clouds in the sky and a slight breeze cooling the air. (Photo source: WLOX)It was a picture-perfect Memorial Day Sunday with a few clouds in the sky and a slight breeze cooling the air. (Photo source: WLOX)

    As the forecasts changed for us in south Mississippi, things started looking up for weather conditions. It was a picture perfect Memorial Day Sunday with a few clouds in the sky and a slight breeze cooling the air. That's a little different than originally predicted.

    More >>

    As the forecasts changed for us in south Mississippi, things started looking up for weather conditions. It was a picture perfect Memorial Day Sunday with a few clouds in the sky and a slight breeze cooling the air. That's a little different than originally predicted.

    More >>
  • FBI launches #ThinkBeforeYouPost campaign

    FBI launches #ThinkBeforeYouPost campaign

    Sunday, May 27 2018 4:33 PM EDT2018-05-27 20:33:27 GMT
    #ThinkBeforeYouPost was created to educate the public on the consequences of posting hoax threats. (Photo Source: WDAM)#ThinkBeforeYouPost was created to educate the public on the consequences of posting hoax threats. (Photo Source: WDAM)

    In an effort to educate the public on the dangers of posting hoax threats, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has created the #ThinkBeforeYouPost campaign. It launched on Wednesday in the aftermath of school shootings like the ones that occurred at Sante Fe High School in Texas and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.  The idea behind the campaign is to inform people about the consequences to posting hoax threats to schools and other public places. Additionally, the...

    More >>

    In an effort to educate the public on the dangers of posting hoax threats, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has created the #ThinkBeforeYouPost campaign. It launched on Wednesday in the aftermath of school shootings like the ones that occurred at Sante Fe High School in Texas and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.  The idea behind the campaign is to inform people about the consequences to posting hoax threats to schools and other public places. Additionally, the...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly