Plans for the Construction of First Casino in Long Beach Underway
Long Beach, Miss., has never had a single casino within its boundaries. This, however, is expected to change soon as several developers are implementing plans to set up the city’s first casino.
A Long Time in the Making
A group of developers, led by James Parrish, recently submitted an application to get approval for the development of a casino on a 12-acre site. The recent application follows a prior application for site approval, which was accepted and passed by Allen Godfrey, the director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission. These are the initial steps in the application and development process, and they have already proven to be daunting. According to an interview with the Sun Herald, Parrish admitted that he and his fellow developers have been working toward this goal for more than two years.
A Concerted Effort
The push to develop the first casino in Long Beach is a concerted effort by several developers. At the forefront of this effort is Parrish, one of the most notable developers in the city. According to a legal advertisement placed in the Sun Herald, Parrish is the owner of beachfront property situated along Highway 90 at 241 E. Beach Blvd. This site formerly hosted the popular grocery outlet, Sav-a-Center, as well as a Kmart. The site is ideal for a casino and hotel because it is not only spacious but is also easily accessible and offers picturesque views of the beach and the waterline to the south.
Parrish, together with other developers, will partner with Encompass Develop, Design & Construct, a Kentucky-based development firm. The developers, along with other interested parties, will appear before the Mississippi Gaming Commission when it meets in July. This will give the group a chance to plead its case and, hopefully, expedite the application process.
In other related news, the Sun Herald ran an article about Parrish making attempts to acquire more land in 2016. This followed a request by Long Beach Harbor Resort LLC, a company under Parrish’s management, to acquire the Long Beach Yacht Club, which is located along the Mississippi Gulf Coast on the Long Beach Harbor.
Gambling and Accommodation Services
Considering that the proposed casino will be the first in Long Beach, it will nevertheless be exceptional going by the current standards today. The casino will make optimal use of the 12-acre site. According to Parrish and other developers, the casino will span 40,000 square feet and will sit on the most prime part of the site.
The proposed casino will host more than 1,200 slot machines and support hundreds of slot games, including the latest tech-based slot games. It will also host more than 20 gaming tables and support the most popular and upcoming table games.
The casino will also feature a hotel that will offer accommodations and catering services. The proposed hotel will supposedly feature 300 rooms, as well as an adjoining fine-dining restaurant. The hotel and restaurant may not have been an integral part of the casino development plans, but they are necessary according to the commission’s regulations.
Leveling the Playfield
Long Beach is one of the most popular cities in Mississippi, but it is only one of several cities in Harrison County. Other cities in this county include Gulfport, Biloxi, and D’lberville, and they all have casinos. The most popular ones are Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi, the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, and Island View Casino Resort and Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort.
It is too early to tell how long the application process will take, but Parrish and other developers are optimistic that it will be successful.
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