Mississippi Coast delegation aware of Alabama’s threat to casinos

BILOXI — Members of the Coast legislative delegation had Alabama and taxes on their minds Wednesday morning. And for the most part, they don’t care much for either of them.

Alabama got on their radar in the last week as they learned the neighboring state was considering casinos as a way to deal with its budget shortfall.

When District Attorney Joel Smith, who led the legislative update for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce at the Golden Nugget, asked what was the biggest threat to Coast casinos, state Sen. Tindell of Gulfport pointed east to Alabama.

3-hour drive to gaming

“When we started gaming back in 1992, us, Atlantic City and Vegas were the three major destinations,” he said. “Now you are within a three-hour drive, in the Southeast, if you want to go to a casino.

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5/20/15