Casinos Lead Mississippi Recovery

Published January 8, 2007 by OCR Editor

Casinos Lead Mississippi Recovery

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

Now, people who live along the casino hotels and those visiting them for a vacation can see for themselves that there is hope. As they re-open after repair work, those who visit the Gulf Coast and see it as the Las Vegas of the South can once again enjoy the themas they like to so much. These venues in fact hold the key to the area's development as it rebuilds from the destruction of 2005. The coastal cities of Biloxi and Gulfport are rebuilding their beachfronts based on and surrounding them. Of the already renovated hotel casinos is the Beau Rivage. It is once again as luxurious as ever. Not far away are its competitors and comrades in recovery, the Isle of Capri and Imperial Palace.

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.

See also

Riding High: $1.1 Billion Casino Planned For Biloxi, Mississippi

Religious Leaders Oppose Casino Initiative

Mississippi Casinos Affected by Hurricane Lili

Mississippi Grind: Is a Good Gambling Movie Good for Online Gambling?

US Legislation Update: Online Gambling Takes a Hit in WA, MS


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