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Hurricane Forces Closure of Gulf Coast Casinos

By Chuckmonster on Sunday, 28th August 2005 3:36pm
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The Mississippi Gaming Commission has issued an order that Coast casinos close to the public at 2 a.m. Sunday.

I just notified my staff to notify the casinos to begin closing, starting at 2 a.m., Larry Gregory, the executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission said at 6:15 p.m. Saturday. I want all patrons off the casino floors. Only essential personnel will be allowed after that point.

The casinos have until noon Sunday to complete the paperwork, accounting, security and safety steps associated with the closure of the gambling barges.

The Gaming Commission ordered the casinos closed before the Harrison County Board of Supervisors issued an evacuation order.

In July when Hurricane Dennis was churning in the Gulf, the Gaming Commission did not close any casinos until after the Harrison Supervisors issued a mandatory evacuation order. Casino Magic Bay St. Louis in Hancock County remained open because the Gaming Commission did not make the order Coast-wide.



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