Waveland opens doors to casino plan
By Dwayne Bremer
Jul 8, 2014, 20:55
The Waveland Board of Aldermen last week officially changed the city's charter, making the city open to the possibility of a future casino.
Aldermen voted 4-0 to take out a clause in the charter which prohibited casinos.
Mayor David Garcia said Tuesday that there are currently no casino groups eyeing a move to the city, but changing the charter had to be done in case a group came to the city in the future.
"The way the charter read, we could not even talk to a group if they wanted to come to Waveland," Garcia said. "Now, at least we can have initial talks if any group would be interested."
Garcia said that changing the charter does not necessarily mean a casino will be coming to the city.
He said any future plans would have to be scrutinized by the city and the community first before moving forward.
In other business discussed Tuesday, the board opened the 2014 municipal election. This year's city primary elections are scheduled for Nov. 4 and the general election is set for Dec. 2.
Waveland operates under a special city charter and holds its elections on different years than most cities in the state.
The qualifying period will run from Aug. 5 until Sept. 5.
Candidates can run for office by going to city hall during the qualifying period and declaring a specific party. Independent candidates can also run if they obtain 50 signatures in their respective wards.
For more information on the Waveland election, potential candidates can call city hall at 228-467-4134.