Proposed Diamondhead casino moves a step forward

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Diamondhead is a step closer to having a casino but that won't happen without a fight. This week in a 3 to 2 vote the Hancock County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a zoning change to allow Jacobs Entertainment to build a $150 million casino resort south of the interstate.

The developer has said the project would create up to 600 jobs and could generate $14 million  in taxes for Hancock County.

The matter still has to go before the board of supervisors.

Supervisor Lisa Cowand, who represents the Diamondhead area, told WLOX she will vote against the proposal. Cowand says she's concerned about how the heavy influx of traffic would affect a largely residential area.

She said "I look out for public safety and quality of life. This will jeopardize both. This is not an appropriate gaming site."

Jacobs Entertainment has presented a traffic mitigation plan that includes constructing a new off ramp, new turning lanes, and adding traffic lights.