Judge says no in appeals over 2 proposed coast casino sites


GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A judge has said no to proposals for two new casino sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Sun Herald reports that one site was in Biloxi and the other was in Bay St. Louis.

The Mississippi Gaming Commission ruled in March 2017 that neither property met state regulations for a casino site. Developers appealed.

On Tuesday, Special Circuit Court Judge Christopher Schmidt upheld the commission’s decision.

Had Schmidt overturned the Gaming Commission’s ruling, it could have opened up property for casinos all along the beach.

One issue in dispute for the Biloxi site was the meaning of the high-water line in the state’s regulations — whether it is the seawall or the current shoreline.

Developers could ask the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn Schmidt’s decision.

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