Casinos Lead Mississippi RecoveryPublished January 8, 2007 by OCR Editor
In August 2005 one of the deadliest and the costliest hurricanes in US history hit the Gulf Coast. Other than the precious city of New Orleans, Louisiana which was severely hit and whose inhabitants suffered damages and injuries, Hurricane Katrina hit the
These venues will soon see the new kid on the block, the Hard Rock's bed and bets showplace. As they develop and re-emerge as tourist attractions, they still, however, sharply contrast with their surroundings. The areas around them are still in the process of recovery, attracting visitors to view the effects of the natural disaster and hoping that their recovery follows that of the casinos.
Mississippi's Gulf Coast gambling began in 1992. Only following the damage Katrina posed and the danger it presented for the future, did state laws change so that they accommodate casino hotels to be built onshore, and not off shore on barges as in the past. Predictions of a $2 billion Gulf Coast gaming industry by 2010 are not unheard of anymore, higher than they were before Katrina struck. The new reality, sad as it was and still is, has brought with it new jobs and happy gamblers and employees.