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Long Beach, MS Gets Closer to Casino as Proposed Site Gets Regulatory OK

Long Beach casino plan makes giant step toward materialization as Mississippi Gaming Commission approves proposed site

The Mississippi Gaming Commission approved overwhelmingly the proposed site for what would be the first casino in the city of Long Beach during a Wednesday meeting. The casino project has been years in the making and yesterday’s endorsement by the state’s gambling regulator was a giant step toward its eventual materialization.

Local businessman James (Jim) Parrish, who owns several businesses in South Mississippi, is the mastermind behind the casino plan along with his entity Long Beach Harbor Resort LLC and his partner, Kentucky-based Encompass Develop, Design, & Construct.

The Gaming Commission was originally expected to vote on the casino project last November, but commissioners decided to postpone the vote, saying they needed more time to review application papers. Mr. Parrish and his partners submitted the application for the casino complex last summer, after spending more than two years into working out the details surrounding the development of a property of this kind.

Under plans, the first casino in Long Beach will occupy the 12-acre site of the former Kmart and Sav-A-Center grocery store. The site is located just north of U.S. Route 90 and east of Jeff Davis Avenue.

The gaming portion of the complex will spread over 40,000 square feet and will feature 1,200 slot machines and 20 table games. The casino facility will be located within 800 feet of the mean high water line, as required under Mississippi’s regulations for the situation of gaming venues.

The Long Beach casino resort will also feature a 300-room hotel. Developers have promised that the seven-story hotel tower will meet the city’s restrictions for height. The complex will further include a fine dining restaurant.

Overwhelming Support

Gaming commissioners voted unanimously to approve the proposed site for the casino during yesterday’s special meeting. However, the positive development toward the materialization of the hotel and casino complex does not authorize developers to begin construction.

Mr. Parrish and his partners will now have to secure funding for the complex and to present state gaming regulators with guarantees that the project will be finalized and will have a positive economic impact on the host community.

A final design for the property is also yet to be tabled. Developers will have to work closely with the city of Long Beach on that portion of the project as the casino’s design will need approval from city officials.

The hotel and gaming resort plan has previously been supported by Long Beach Mayor George Bass. The official has said that bringing casino gaming to the area could help his city and its stagnant economy and contribute millions of dollars to local schools and infrastructure improvements.

There have been some opposition to the proposed casino plan, with opponents citing concerns over increased crime, traffic, and property values as the reason why a gambling facility might not be the best thing for Long Beach.

It was back in 2006 when residents of the city approved the construction of a casino north of U.S. 90 at a citywide election.

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