Land bought for Mississippi casino site donated to nonprofit

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi businessman has donated land once intended for a casino site to a local nonprofit.

Chris Ferrara came close to developing a casino years ago in east Biloxi, but has now donated the 30-acre property to the Boys and Girls Club of the Gulf Coast, media partner The Sun Herald reports. The land is valued at $28 million, Ferrara said.

The property, which was the site of the proposed Golden Gulf Casino, is at the corner of Crawford Street and Back Bay Boulevard. The property is tax exempt, now that it is held by the Boys and Girls Club. The club has not commented about the donation.

Ferrara said he was around the club in his younger years and saw the organization making a difference in the lives of young people.

It’s unclear what the organization will do with the land. A representative of the Boys and Girls Club didn’t return calls for comment, The Sun Herald reported.

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