A 15 minute meeting is all it took to approve a project by Rotate Black to build a new casino in Gulfport that has been in the works for over two years. Councilman Rusty Walker says, "We are real happy. We have been looking for this smart development that this project that started almost three years ago will finally come to fruition." The approval of the new casino comes just one day before the deadline that would have forced Rotate Black to start from scratch once again. John Paulsen, the C.E.O. of Rotate Black, says, "It means the world to us. We have been working on this project for so long and it has come together for Gulfport." This same project was approved in August of last year, but the developer failed to meet financial deadlines. Paulsen says this time around, financing has been secured. Paulsen also says, "The financing is all in line. We have a good partner there. It’s now about getting this thing built as soon as possible and up and running and I’m looking forward to it."
Plans for Gulfport’s second casino call for a 205 room luxury hotel that will be based on the life of author, Ernest Hemingway. Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes says he expects no further delays when it comes to construction. Hewes says, "It’s been an issue in Gulfport for years and to finally see this green light occur and we hope to have a ribbon cutting before you know it." The hotel cost is estimated to be at 112 million dollars. Hotel officials say construction on the project could start as soon as April.