Gulf casino moves ahead, while second rejected

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – One planned Mississippi Gulf Coast casino says it’s ready to start construction, but another’s site is being rejected.

The Mississippi Gaming Commission voted Thursday to approve the Scarlet Pearl casino to start construction in D’Iberville. CEO George Toth says the company plans to start driving piles at its site on July 7 and hopes to open before the beginning of 2016. The casino missed an earlier deadline to obtain financing, but officials say a bank has now agreed to loan money to proceed.

The commission, though, turned down a proposed casino site by Jacobs Entertainment in Diamondhead. The three commissioners are siding with their staff’s recommendation for denial and a letter from the Department of Marine Resources finding the site is beyond the required 800 feet from St. Louis Bay.

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6/26/2014 11:49:15 AM (GMT -5:00)

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