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The Biloxi Belle Casino , owned by Mississippi Riverboat Amusement Corporation, announced plans for a dockside gaming vessel at Biloxi to open in late summer of early fall. The Sub Herald, May 19, , p. Mavar Inc. The year lease began in June Harrison Co. Ralph L. Engelstad Engelstad expired at his Las Vegas home on November 26, after batting lung cancer. Ralph graduated from the University of North Dakota in , where he was a talented hockey goalie.
Engelstad moved to Las Vegas in , using the profits from his construction company and real estate investments to buy a Strip motel on the site of what is now the Imperial Palace. Engelstad built and opened the new property in , and the property now has 2, hotel rooms and 2, employees, the second-largest sole proprietorship hotel in the world. Engelstad was highly regarded as both a generous philanthropist and lightning rod for controversy.
A local resident of Las Vegas since , he earned numerous awards for giving millions of dollars to various charitable causes. However, his alleged interest in Nazi memorabilia and support of an athletic program whose name some deemed offensive to American Indians helped make Engelstad infamous as well. Following a month battle with lung cancer, gaming executive Ralph Engelstad died November 26, at his Las Vegas home.
Hard Rock Casino began construction in The Sun Herald, January 6, , p. A1 and January 13, , p. Planning Commission unanimously votes in favor of Margaritaville casino. Holloway cutting the ceremonial ribbon. Keith Crosby is the general manager of the casino. The Sun Herald, November 12, , p. Hard Rock Casino announced in mid-January that it may build a story addition to their hotel tower.
The addition would add hotel rooms. The Sun Herald, January 19, , p. A2 and October 24, , p. The Sun Herald, March 11, p. The Sun Herald , "Are they barges or buildings", June 27, , p. Bellande made August Original at BPL Archives]. The Sun Herald, October 27, , p. The Sun Herald, "" ,. March-April The Sun Herald, March 26, , p. The Sun Herald,. Gaming Era. In August , when the Isle of Capri opened for business on Point Cadet, dockside gaming proved an immediate success.
Other casino operators became interested in commencing operations on the Biloxi peninsula. Imperial Palace-Ralph Englestad. Land Deed Bk. Mississippi Gaming Corporation to Ralph Engelstad. Morris J. Smith to Ralph Englestad. Demolition and site construction. In , after the removal of the remaining structures of the Biloxi Canning Company, construction began slowly on the site. The General Contractor was. The casino barge. Construction was completed at a site near the head of Oak Street and moved to casino site in The Imperial Palace Casino opened for business on December 30, The hotel.
The Imperial Palace Hotel construction commenced in early Mayor Holloway controversies over upper stories of hotel. The Sun Herald , "", June, , p. Ershigs, Inc. Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant. The next step before construction could commence was approval by the State gaming commission which was slated for April 7, Phase I of the project will consist of a 20, square-foot casino, a Margaritaville Restaurant and lounge, a store, events center, and marina.
The Sun Herald, April 8, , p. A1 and April 9, , p. Magaritaville Casino and Restaurant [September 24, ]. Gulf Coast Business , "Shark sighting", September The Palace Casino opened in January Damaged by Katrina and reopened December 30, The Sun Herald, July 15, , p.
Jackson County, Mississippi. The tribe is also exempt from a 12 percent tax on gross gaming revenues. The Sun Herald, June 11, , p. Chief Phillip Martin, leader and spokesman, of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians predicted that the process will take a minimum of five years. The Sun Herald, June 19, , p. Trust land conversion. On November 15, , the Choctaw nation submitted an application to convert forty-acres of trust land in Jackson County, Mississippi into a casino site.
The Sun Herald, September 11, , p. Tribal Casino bill loses. In mid-September , the U. House of Representatives failed to pass an initiative by the Republican Party to deny Indian tribes the right to build casinos off their reservation lands.
The vote was to pass, but the measure failed since a two thirds majority vote was required to pass the legislation. The Sun Herald, September 14, , p. On October 18 th , the Bureau of Indian Affairs planned to convene its first public hearing on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw proposed casino on Mississippi Highway The meeting was booked for the Civic Center in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and was the incipient action in the preparation of an environmental impact statement for the casino, hotel, and retail center planned for the site.
The Sun Herald, October 6, , p. The Sun Herald , October 13, , p. The casino proposal would be for slot machines, 70 gaming tables, and 15 poker tables. The hotel would have rooms. The Ocean Springs Record. October 19, , p. A1 and The Sun Herald, October 18, , p. The audience size was estimated at people. After opening remarks by representatives of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, environmental consultants, and the Mississippi Band of Choctaws, the remainder of the session consisted of three-minute talks from people wishing to address the casino issue from the floor.
The overwhelming consensus from the people in attendance was that casino gaming is undesirable in Jackson County, Mississippi. The Sun Herald, October 19, , p. A1 and Ray L. Bellande, an attendee. Coast Businesses for Fair Play. In early October, the public was informed that Coast Businesses for Fair Play, a new PAC, a local political-action committee, was being formed to be antagonistic towards the proposed Jackson County Choctaw casino.
The Sun Herald, October 7. Department of the Interior alleging that the Federal agency had not complied with their request for the release of public documents concerning the proposed Choctaw casino in Jackson County. Interior through their legal representative retorted that that Coast Businesses for Fair Play has not used all of the resources available to them under the Freedom of Information Act and that the U.
District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi has no jurisdiction in this matter. The Sun Herald, February 16, , p. The Sun Herald, October 15, , p. The threat of an untaxed Indian casino with its excellent location on US Interstate 10 at Ocean Springs, which would permit it to be first gaming site to available for the lucrative Alabama-Florida trade has created an angst among casino operators to the west in Harrison and Hancock Counties.
Although Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi, has repeatedly announced to the public and Bureau of Indian Affairs that he opposes the Choctaw casino at Ocean Springs, Chief Phillip Martin, leader of the Mississippi Band of Choctaws, is moving forward with an environmental impact study and desires a non-binding referendum on the issue during the Presidential election.
Casino executives believe that this issue must be resolved now and that delay will curtail future investment and growth in the gaming and tourist markets along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Governor Haley Barbour. The Sun Herald, December 6, , p. Lawyer hired. Cavanaugh will assist the Biloxi casino market which is united to oppose the aspirations of the Mississippi Band of Choctaws in neighboring Jackson County. Bible thumpers and casino crusaders. In defending the meeting, the Reverend Carl King, chairman of the Jackson County United for Families, stated that his group was not an ally of CBFP, but was wagging war against the Native Americans to protect the quality of life and moral values of the community.
The Sun Herald, January 23, , p. A meeting of JCUF and two Jackson County Supervisors on January 31, to request that a non-binding referendum on the proposed Choctaw casino in western Jackson County be held this election year rather than resulted in the Supervisors declaring that they were unknowledgeable about this particular election process.
It was defeated by local voters 55 percent to 45 percent and consequently the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians ceased their pursuit of a local casino. The Sun Herald, February 1, , p. A7, and February 3, , p. Vote decision. Highway Danny Guice, R-Ocean Springs offered to introduce the proposal for legislative action on a non-binding casino vote to coincide with State and County elections to be held in November The ministerial group had hope for a quicker decision as they believe that the anti-casino sentiment is stronger now than it will be in the future, as they believe that Chief Martin of the Mississippi Band of Choctaws will propagandize the benefits of the casino to the local populace.
On February 20, , the Jackson County Board of Supervisors formally submitted to the Legislature their request to have the Legislature pass local and private legislation granting the citizens of the County the right to hold a non-binding referendum on the proposed Choctaw Casino at Ocean Springs.
Supervisors expected to hear from the Legislature on the matter within two weeks. The Sun Herald, February 21, , p. The holy men felt that a November vote as suggested by Chief Phillip Martin would give the Choctaws more time to influence the outcome of the election. Chief Martin is convinced in order for the Mississippi Band of Choctaws to have a casino in Jackson County, the local populous must approve a non-binding referendum to show the Governor and Secretary of the Interior that casino gaming is desirable in the County.
The Sun Herald, March 17, , p. On March 8, , the Office of the Attorney General of Mississippi released its opinion concerning the non-binding referendum on the proposed Choctaw Casino at Jackson County. Also the County may take private donations to underwrite an election cost and the Board of Supervisors do not have to wait until to have this election.
The Sun Herald, March 9, , p. If on the other hand, the Board of Supervisors decides to do it, we have not been given that green light. If the Choctaws overturn it, we each are individually liable. The Supervisors anticipated having an answer to their request by April 2 nd.
The Sun Herald, March 25, , p. Political opinions. He cited the favorable tax situation for the Native Americans; the expansion of inland gaming beyond the intent of the State legislature; and the negative precedent of allowing tribal casinos to be build indiscriminately in the State, as salient reasons for his opposition.
The Sun Herald, June 9, , p. Choctaw elections. In early June , the Mississippi Band of Choctaws held its election for a new chief. Chief Phillip Martin b. Denson outpolled Chief Martin votes to votes. Opponents to the proposed Choctaw casino in Jackson County, Mississippi fear that if Chief Martin is unseated that his promise to abide by the results of the proposed nonbinding referendum, which will poll the sentiment of the residents of Jackson County as to their desire for the Choctaw casino, will be voided by the new chief.
The Sun Herald, June 14, , p. Following the June primary election, Chief Martin accused Beasley Denson of receiving support from protagonists, the Gulf Coast casino lobby, of his proposed Jackson County casino. After several attempts to unseat Chief Martin as tribal leader, Mr. Denson achieved his first success in the June primary. The issue of a new chief for the Choctaw tribe will be settled on July 3 rd. The Sun Herald, June 21, , p.
Denson wins. Counting of absentee ballots had Chief Martin with 94 votes and Denson with only Unofficial returns had Chief Martin trailing his opponent by votes-Denson and Martin He had until July 8 th to challenge the election results. Beasley Denson is expected to be sworn in as Tribal Chief on July10th. He would become the third elected tribal chief since the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek.
The Sun Herald, July 5, , p. Chief Denson pursues Jackson County casino. He said that the Choctaw people have decided to build a casino on Ms. The Sun Herald, July 11, , p. Leach expressed his desire that the Choctaw leadership respect the results of the November non-binding referendum, proposed by former Chief Philip Martin.
Franklin Leach is listening to his constituents as there is a high degree of certitude that they oppose a casino of any kind in Jackson County. It is generally held that Department of the Interior, the ultimate deciding entity for the proposed casino, will listen to the opinion of elected officials and not the results of the November , non-binding referendum. The religious community opines that the local politicians will abide by the wishes of their electorate. The Sun Herald, July12, , p.
The community leaders were exposed to some of the casino plans and illustrations were presented. Miko Denson and staff spoke of the Choctaw printing plant and injection molding company that they operate on their Ms. Highway No. They also spoke of their casino could benefit the County. The Jackson County coalition admonished the Mississippi Band of Choctaws that if they are not more specific with their casino plans and more convincing about how gaming will better the lives of the Counties voters, their quest to win the November 6 th non-binding referendum on gaming will be a total failure.
The Sun Herald, September 5, , p. A1 and A7. Melissa Mullinax, political advisor to Chief Beasley Denson, announced in mid-September , that she had contacted Tim Broussard with the Jackson County Board of Supervisors in regards to a future meeting. District 5 Supervisor John McKay related that in order for the Mississippi Band of Choctaws to convince the electorate in Jackson County to favor a casino they must sell the people and provide them with adequate information to make a decision on their proposed gaming project.
A2, September 18, , p. Public presentation. In addition to a casino, the Choctaw proposal includes: a hotel movie theatre, convention center, hole golf course, and retail shops and boutiques. He also pledged that impact fees for roads, fire and police protection, and schools will be paid to local governments. Chief Denson was assisted in the casino resort development presentation by John Hendrix, director of economic development for the Choctaw Nation.
The Sun Herald, September 27, , p. A1 and A5. The ante. Chief Denson also told the Supervisors that it is the casino operators in Harrison and Hancock County that are opposed to the Choctaw casino and that future employment and revenues for the County are in jeopardy as well as the possibility that tax burdens could be lowered by the additional revenue generated from the Choctaw casino resort.
As the November non-binding referendum approached, several public? The vote. Election held on November 6, In June , Larry Echo Hawk, assistant secretary for the Bureau Indian Affairs rescinded the moratorium issued during the Bush presidential administration which blocked an attempt by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to open a casino on their lands in Jackson County, Mississippi.
The Mississippi Gaming Commission MGC strives to enforce fair and safe gaming within the state, which has a thriving casino industry. In , the Mississippi Gaming Control Act was passed into legislation. The act was approved for Mississippi counties along the Mighty Mississippi River in order to be a revenue advantage for what is one of the poorest states in the country. One of the challenges during the early stages of Mississippi gambling was setting rules and regulations for the casinos to follow.
As time has passed, the gambling industry has increased in the state of Mississippi. The MGC now regulates 28 casinos in 6 different counties. It is the responsibility of the MGC to enforce rules, conduct background checks on casino employees, and investigate injustice within the state gambling industry.
One way the MGC encourages fairness of the games within the casinos is by requiring that licensed independent testing labs approve all games. Every slot machine in the state goes through these labs and is tested to make sure they have a theoretical payback of 80 percent. This means that during the lifetime of a machine, that machine must pay back at least 80 percent of every dollar a patron spends.
Table games are regulated as well but not quite as strictly. The agents in the field offices work closely with casino security and surveillance teams to prevent and respond to crime. Some of the most common crimes associated with casinos in general include theft and cheating. Tunica field office agents note that casino employees rather than patrons more commonly commit theft. Kistler notes that employee theft is even more common during the holidays when people tend to need more money.
He goes on to say that those who attempt theft are caught quickly due to the intense surveillance within the casino. To prevent cheating, the MGC relies on tips from casinos within the state as well as national warnings about rings of players who are suspected of cheating. It is common for gaming industries around the country to share tips about well-known cheating rings. Cheating can include anything from card counting to hiding chips. Casino surveillance teams have a list of these suspects on hand and are ready to act should a situation involving these individuals arise.
Regulating the money that comes into the state from casinos is another task overseen by the Mississippi Gaming Commission. The money that a casino makes strictly through the gambling industry, not through the hotels or restaurants on the property, is called gaming revenue.
Another 3. This money can be split up however the local government officials decide. The Mississippi Gaming Control Act was passed in order to help the state and its citizens by generating revenue. While the MGC was created to enforce statewide casino rules, a major priority has always been and continues to be the people living in Mississippi. Addiction can happen in many different ways, especially when it comes to gambling addiction.
According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, also known as CAMH, gamblers tend to lose control over how much money and time they spend gambling in casinos. Although addiction can be a hard struggle to overcome, there are many options for gamblers in order to get the help they need. That is the way people get better from this.
CAMH informs individuals about how frequent casino goers begin to isolate themselves from others, including their families, and that gambling can also create emotional, physical, and mental health issues. It is sort of a hidden kind of addiction. Sarah Brumback.
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