Tribe Announces Plans for New Biloxi Casino


You could say Biloxi just keeps hitting the jackpot with all the casinos and resorts that keep popping up.Today, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation announced plans for another casino to be built in east Biloxi. News 25’s Gina Tomlinson has the details.
City leaders tell News 25 the new casino will be called Foxwoods at Biloxi Pointe. Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich says the idea for the new resort casino has been talked about for years, now Biloxi can place bets on seeing it become a reality.
Long awaited, but finally with plans as good as gold, a brand new casino and resort is slated to be built on Back Bay. One of the partners who signed the deal is the owner of Foxwoods, one of the largest A-list casinos in the United State. “They’ve been very successful in a number of things that they do in their casino world,” said Biloxi Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich.
Biloxi landholder Chris Ferrara with Biloxi Boardwalk Ventures and the Hartman Group are also in the partnership. The 23 acre site on Biloxi’s Back Bay off of Eighth Street is where the old Heinz Plant still stands. Soon a new casino will sit there, providing jobs for several thousand people. “It won’t be distracting from the existing players. This is an opportunity to bring new people to Biloxi. We’ve always felt Biloxi is the place to be,” said Mayor Gilich.
New visitors to Biloxi could play into big economic opportunities for the Coast, upping the ante for some local businesses situated right next to the lot that have recently taken a hit from all the recent road work in East Biloxi. “When the roads were messed up, we were doing little business. We did get a little bit here and there on the weekends. Now that they’ve got Oak Street open here we’ve been seeing a lot more people coming back here,” said Head Chef of the Biloxi Lugger Samuel Powell.
With the construction clearing and the news of a $265 million casino, Powell says he’s happy things for his restaurant are finally looking up. “I think it’s going to bring us a lot more business for sure.”
Mayor Gilich says the casino resort project will also allow for Fifth Street to extend to Highway 90, completing a casino loop to Back Bay. “Have casinos at four corners with Highway 90 being a main route. The loop would be part of that deal.”
The next step is for the Mississippi Gaming Commission to approve the casino project. If it’s a go, Foxwoods at Biloxi Pointe will tentatively be finished in the spring of 2019.
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Gina Tomlinson could not be happier to sink her feet into the sandy shores of the Gulf Coast. Gina graduated from Central Michigan University where she reported for the student-operated sports show and award winning news station. During her time at CMU, she majored in broadcasting arts and has a double minor in journalism and sports management. Gina interned at WZZM 13 in Grand Rapids. She fell even more in love with her passion for broadcasting while obtaining skills and techniques she now utilizes at WXXV. When she’s not at work, Gina likes to do yoga, volunteer, rock climb, dance, swim, bike, run, eat ice cream, read, wakeboard, kayak, hike and explore the Gulf Coast. To Gina, life is an adventure and she is overjoyed to be starting her career at News 25.


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