Diamondhead Casino Corp gets site approval from gaming commission
By Dwayne Bremer
Aug 23, 2014, 01:13
The Mississippi Gaming Commission on Thursday granted site approval to the Diamondhead Casino Corporation which wants to build a casino/resort on its property southeast of Exit 16.
DCC is a different company than Jacobs Entertainment, which was denied site approval from the gaming commission in June.
DCC officials have been discussing a casino in the Diamondhead community for nearly two decades.
DCC owns about 400 acres of land about a mile east of Yacht Club Drive in Hancock County.
"Now we can really get to work," DCC Chairman Ted Arneault said Thursday. "We will be working hard to determine how we want to develop our entire property."
DCC plans to construct a permanent 80,000-square-foot casino which will contain about 1,250 slot machines and 40 table games.
The casino is expected to employ hundreds of workers and generate much-needed tax revenue for the city.
According to state gaming regulations, companies which plan to develop a casino must go through several steps before obtaining a gaming license.
Site approval is the first step.
"This is the first step, but an important one," Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer said Friday.
"It has been a long time in coming. We look forward to a great development for the city, Hancock County, and the entire Gulf Coast. We want this to be a destination resort."
DCC's property is already zoned for casino development. Arneault said things should begin to move quickly now that the site has been approved.
"This should be an exciting time for the entire area," he said.