GCN filed 11/17/05
Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway says a portion of
the the city’s casino resort industry, which attracted millions of
visitors and employed thousands of workers, will begin re-opening to the
public in a matter of weeks. Most of the remainder of the casinos in the
city will reopen in 2006. In a news release, Holloway said he has
been encouraged by discussions with representatives of the nine casino
resorts in Biloxi.
The following is the
planned schedule of re-openings, which are subject to approval by the city
and Mississippi Gaming Commission:
is aiming for a Dec. 20 re-opening of its casino and 1,000 refurbished
hotel rooms. Some of IP's amenities, such as its movie theaters and
buffet, are open now.
The Isle of Capri
Casino Resort plans to re-open a temporary casino Dec. 26 inside
its new hotel. The Isle also plans to open as many as 600 hotel rooms Dec.
The Palace Casino
Resort (photo upper right)is aiming to open casino operations
Dec. 30 in the first and second floor of its hotel, and the resort also
hopes to re-open its 234 hotel rooms by that date. The Palace plans to
open its own golf course in Spring '06.
Rivage Resort & Casino (photo left) is aiming to re-open its
entire resort Aug. 29,2006, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
The resort also plans to open a new golf course in autumn 2006.
hopes to open a new gaming facility that would adjoin its former casino
within six months.
Hard Rock Hotel and
Casino, which had initially hoped to open for post-Katrina
business in Summer '06, but plans are on hold temporarily. The casino's
owners are embroiled in a variety of legal issues with its disbursement
bank and filed a
Complaint for Injunctive Relief against U.S. Bank National
Association, as trustee and disbursement agent, in the United States
District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi Southern Division.
Treasure Bay Casino
Resort plans to re-open in June '06, with gaming operations
located in its hotel, which is also scheduled to be re-designed.and
Entertainment, which operates the Grand Casino, has not formally
announced a re-opening date, Holloway said executives have told him that
Biloxi could expect to see a “spectacular resort” since on-shore gaming
has been legalized.
No information was
available on Casino Magic’s plans in Biloxi, but a 10th
casino resort, Bacaran Bay, may present its site plan to
the city in the next couple of months and in January seek gaming
commission approval to move forward..
"The announcements that
we've seen from the operators of these resorts is another indication of
the resiliency of this city," Holloway said. "We're seeing these
announcements in the wake of this city having been struck by the largest
natural disaster in history.
“This,” the mayor declared,
“is what we mean when we tell people we’re going to meet this
unprecedented natural disaster with an unprecedented response. It has been
and will continue to be a challenging task, but we’ve shown we’re up to
The mayor, however, noted
that the re-openings are pending proper approvals from the City of Biloxi
and Mississippi Gaming commission.
“There is certainly a good bit of work to be done before these resorts will be ready to open their doors in some cases,” Holloway said, “but these target dates should be encouraging news to the thousands of employees and millions of visitors who are anxiously watching our progress here in Biloxi.”