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Biloxi Officials Seek to Rezone Land for Casino Development

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Biloxi, Mississippi officials are considering whether to rezone two beach-front parcels for casino development. The Biloxi City Council will consider a resolution directing the city’s Planning Commission to hold a public hearing on the proposal.

It’s definitely going to be a hotly debated issue. Mayor A-J Holloway recently said he opposed any wholesale zoning changes and that the city already had adequate land zoned for future casino development.

City and state officials have in the past kept casinos away from public sand beaches. The two parcels being considered are from DeBuys Road east to Gateway Drive, south of the Gulf Coast Medical Center, and on the Tivoli Hotel property.

Mike Cavanaugh, a lawyer representing developers seeking the zoning changes, contends the parcels meet the requirements for a legal gambling site.

The Mississippi Gaming Commission has final say on what is a legal gambling site, but as a policy it will not consider a request unless the local zoning is already in place.

Las Vegas Sands Investing Heavily in Macao

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July 25, 2006 Las Vegas Sands Casinos will spend more than $8 billion on gambling casino, leisure and convention facilities in Macao and a neighboring Chinese island.

The money will be spent over the next 4 to 6 years, the Financial Times reported Monday.

Las Vegas Sands, which is a U.S. company, will use as a template for Macao its success in Singapore, where it has won the rights to build and operate the $3.6 billion Marina Bay casino gambling complex, set to open in 2009.

In Macao, Las Vegas Sands plans to spend $3 billion each in 2 phases on the Cotai Strip. Company officials also are in talks to develop Heng Qin Island, a Chinese island bordering the Cotai Strip.

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