Gulfport’s Island View Casino Resort, the only locally owned casino in South Mississippi, isn’t resting on its laurels, though it’s been successfully doing business on the Mississippi Coast for seven years now. Its newly announced proposed $50 million investment to create a convention center and hotel on the beach with 400 rooms for Mississippi Gulf Coast visitors may get started as early as this October, thanks to partners Rick Carter and Terry Green, both Gulfport natives.
The men told the Sun Herald that they plan to invest money into combining “the land north and south of [Highway 90] into a 40-acre resort connected by a pedestrian bridge over [the highway]” http://www.sunherald.com/2013/08/14/4872785/island-view-casino-plans-50-million.html). They will be using an existing building that is a former tower of the Grand Hotel, which was destroyed by Katrina in 2005.
Owners told the Sun Herald that “management is still working with architects to design the hotel and amenities, among which will be a swimming pool and bar with views of the Gulf. On the first floor, which is elevated above the waterfront, will be the hotel registration area, a restaurant, a bar overlooking the beach and possibly retail. Most of the second floor will be flexible meeting space for weddings, conventions and other events,” making it “the largest meeting area available in Gulfport and the western part of Harrison County” (http://www.sunherald.com/2013/08/14/4872785/island-view-casino-plans-50-million.html).
Island View Casino nighttime light show looks great! i cannot wait to see the finished results.