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Long Beach could be getting its first casino

The Long Beach Harbor in 2015. In the foreground is the footprint of what was the Kmart and Sav-A-Center grocery store that faces the harbor area. It’s where developers want to build a casino.
The Long Beach Harbor in 2015. In the foreground is the footprint of what was the Kmart and Sav-A-Center grocery store that faces the harbor area. It’s where developers want to build a casino. Sun Herald file

Developers plan to be at the July meeting of the Mississippi Gaming Commission asking for first approval to build the first casino in Long Beach.

Coast developer James Parrish said his company owns the property for the casino development, which includes the former Kmart and and Sav-A-Center grocery store on the north side of U.S. 90.

The 12-acre site is at 241 East Beach Blvd. in Long Beach.

According to a legal advertisement in the Sun Herald, the 40,000-square-foot casino will have 1,200 slot machines and 20 table games, along with the 300 hotel rooms required by Gaming Commission regulations. Those regulations also require a fine dining restaurant.

The developers are partnering with Encompass Develop, Design & Construct in Louisville, Kentucky, Parrish said.

Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Gaming Commission, said an application has been submitted for site approval, which is the first step in the permitting process.

The developers have worked for more than two years to get to the point of securing the property and investors and asking for site approval.

"It's been a long process," Parrish said.

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