Plans for a Diamondhead casino are a bust, after the Mississippi Gaming Commission denied the location where Jacob's Entertainment wanted to build.
According to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, the site is not a marsh area, which violates the Commission’s regulations. Jacob’s Entertainment has been trying to build a casino in Diamondhead since 2008, but has received backlash from residents who oppose. Operation Veritas is a citizen organization against the casino. They say Thursday's decision was a victory.
Nicole Boistore, spokesperson for Operation Veritas, says, “It’s been six grueling, expensive, stressful years, and most of us who built in Diamondhead, built to live there in our homes, not to live in the middle of a casino project and the people on the north side to be protected by convenience and not have other commercial projects infringe on their properties, so we feel like we're protecting everybody.”
Jacob’s Entertainment plans to find more evidence proving the site is legal and reapply.