Back to the Future: Gaming “Site Wars” Return to Mississippi

Biloxi, Mississippi, casinos and buildings along Gulf Coast shore

In the mid 1990s, the Mississippi Gaming Commission served as the battleground for numerous fights regarding the legality of gaming sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Many of those contests resulted in a series of cases that the Mississippi Supreme Court decided. In a set of disputes that are reminiscent of those days gone by, the Mississippi Gaming Commission recently reconsidered two controversial Gulf Coast sites.

Each of the sites had been previously considered—and rejected—by the Mississippi Gaming Commission, one in 2008 and the other in 2014. At issue in each case was whether the site was legal under the Mississippi Gaming Control Act. The act requires land-based gaming sites on the Mississippi coast to be within 800 feet of the mean high water line adjacent to certain statutorily mandated water bodies.

With three new Mississippi Gaming Commissioners, who were not sitting on the Commission in 2014, much less 2008, the applicants sought to have the two sites reconsidered. Continue Reading