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This facility replaces the former Grand Casino Biloxi, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. At the time, the casino offered a ,square-foot (9, m​2).


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BILOXI, Miss. The Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Miss. is shown Aug. In the 10 years since Katrina, Gulf Coast casinos have seen new regional gaming property after the hurricane destroyed the Grand Casino and Copa barges.


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Former employees of Grand Gulfport Casino said they've talked about a reunion, and this is the year they will gather for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Yard and Duncan McKenzie, now general manager at IP Casino Resort in Biloxi.


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Satellite imagery of Biloxi, Mississippi, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Grand Casino Biloxi post-Katrina [Click on image for larger.


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Satellite imagery of Biloxi, Mississippi, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Grand Casino Biloxi post-Katrina [Click on image for larger.


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Helicopter view of Biloxi, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. In foreground is huge barge, formerly docked and anchored off shore, which housed the Grand.


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The American Gaming Association and travel organizations have seen an uptick in travel and bookings to Las Vegas as states begin to relax the restrictions due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. June 2, - pm June 3, - am. June 2, - am June 3, - pm.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Fresh marketing campaigns aim to get customers back in casinos. He recalls when he was told to evacuate in August because of Hurricane Katrina. June 3, - pm June 3, - pm. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in and Hurricanes Gustav, in , and Isaac, in , drew headlines but did little to disrupt business to the casinos. Casino operators also would like to see the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport which has only domestic routes despite the name add more direct flights from southern feeder markets. Before Katrina, gaming had to be conducted on boats, barges or buildings on piers. An insurance payout from Hurricane Katrina built the land-based property. Yet there is a dark cloud around the silver lining: Where Gulf Coast casinos once employed 17, people, the 11 survivors had just 9, workers as of June 30, according to the Mississippi Gaming Commission. But Katrina was more than a wrecking ball. Some lost their lives. Visitors ready for Las Vegas, regardless of pandemic, protests. A boat rests on the beach Aug. The Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Miss. Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. The Golden Nugget in Biloxi, Miss. Louis and Biloxi. Fortunately, it was fully insured. Las Vegas casinos are ushering in guests eager to try their luck today, 78 days after resorts were closed because of the COVID pandemic. A few days after the storm subsided, Ferrucci returned to the marina to find the President gone. Almost all upgraded their gaming floors, hotel rooms and other attractions as they rebuilt. Nevada is entering Phase Two of its plan to reopen the state economy with new guidelines for gatherings at church services and the reopening of more businesses. Boats are seen at a dock Aug. Seawater and debris inundated hotel rooms, convention areas and restaurants. The Gulf Coast was in shambles for years. The recession that gripped the gaming industry on a national scale, however, slowed the Gulf Coast recovery. New restaurants have arrived, and MGM Resorts International β€” which owns the market-leading Beau Rivage β€” essentially gave Biloxi land across the street for a new minor-league baseball stadium. We need attractions that complement gaming to drive the right type of tourism to the market. Updated for outdoors, libraries, entertainment. Nevada-based gaming companies had invested billions of dollars in creating a destination that drew gamblers from the Deep South and neighboring states, only to see it wiped away by an unstoppable force of nature. Haley Barbour approved changes in state gaming laws, allowing casinos to move off the water as long as they were within feet of the shore. Louis, near the site where he had planned to moor the President. A shrimp boat rests in a harbor in Ocean Springs, Miss. Gaming industry leaders cite several ways the Gulf Coast could boost both visitation and customer spending and compete with emerging markets. While other aspects of their business may boom, few think the market can support more than the combined , square-feet of casino space. The President was one of 13 casinos in a mile stretch of picturesque U. Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz reviewjournal. Encore-Resorts World extension sought for people-mover project. All were destroyed by the Category 5 hurricane, which packed wind gusts exceeding mph and pushed a foot storm surge well inland on Aug. The Gulf Coast faced its share of challenges in the past 10 years. Yet neither Ferrucci nor other Gulf Coast casino operators ever considered folding their hand. Unsubscribe at any time. Gulf Coast casino operators hope Katrina was a once-in-century storm, and they remain confident that no hurricane could ever kill their market. Hotel guests float in a water ride at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Some of the machines β€” with blackjack tables, slot tokens, gaming chips and other gambling equipment β€” ended up at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Two U. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Two days later, he was told to evacuate the area: Hurricane Katrina was bearing down on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Construction of a new hotel and waterpark is underway Aug. The Imperial Palace was the first to reopen in early November Isle of Capri Biloxi and the Palace followed in December. The airport, which gets less passenger traffic in a year than McCarran International Airport sees in a week, has recently upgraded gates and parking facilities, however. Billboards, TV ads and special promotions are being rolled out by several casino companies to get customers in the buildings when the day casino closure ends Thursday. June 2, - pm June 2, - pm. Everi Holdings Inc. Crucial infrastructure has been repaired. Modern bridges were built to reconnect the region to the mainland east and west of the casino cities. He is still general manager of the property, which was bought by Las Vegas-based Full House Resorts in A room hotel opened there earlier this year. Don't miss the big stories. The property reopened in August The President, the barge that was scheduled to move 35 miles west from Biloxi to Bay St. Some casinos were shifted to new locations, and some downsized. Las Vegas casinos welcoming guests after long shutdown. Like us on Facebook. The massive storm had driven the barge three-quarters of a mile down the beach, where it came to rest on the north side of U. Louis when Katrina arrived, never saw water again. The opportunity is there to grow the tourism market. The Gulf Coast in the past 10 years has faced the challenges of hurricanes, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Great Recession. Travelers on flight to Las Vegas offer thoughts on casinos reopening. Shrimp boats rest in a harbor in Ocean Springs, Miss. By signing up you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Birds sit on a damaged pier Aug. The October change was intended as an incentive to rebuild, and the industry did just that. The human toll included the loss of 17, casino and hospitality jobs. Follow howardstutz on Twitter. By Richard N. As in other destination gaming markets, the Gulf Coast needs more nongaming attractions to drive business. Be informed. Many of those gaming employees lost their homes. Louis, Miss. It took a few days for the national media, which focused attention on the flooding in New Orleans, to realize the Gulf Coast had also suffered extensive damage. More than 19, slot machines were rendered useless and had to be destroyed. June 4, - pm June 4, - pm. June 4, - am June 4, - pm. Boats rest on the beach Aug. But the recession pushed the region into annual declines in six of the past seven years, according to the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Strong early quarter, promise of cashless systems boost Everi. Highway 90 between Bay St. The recession ended the project a year later. June 4, - am June 4, - am. Others changed owners. The site is being converted into a water park and resort with restaurants and a room, nongaming hotel. Other casino barges were destroyed or heavily damaged at their docks. Other businesses have also returned to the Biloxi and Gulfport commercial areas, and Gulf Coast tourism in general has been re-energized.