June 26, 2014 at 6:55 pm #7646
the gaming commission saw that Jacob’s is a low rent dirty group that had no intention of becoming a part of Diamondhead but instead planted five of their people on the POA board so they could steal the golf courses and tennis courts from the people of Diamondhead.
Thankfully the gaming commission slapped them down and the people of Diamondhead did the same thing to the gang of five and their leader Kiger. Hopefully Kiger will move and the stinch hanging over Diamondhead will go awayJune 27, 2014 at 3:20 am #7645
I agree!!!!June 27, 2014 at 4:48 am #7647
Many thanks to all who wrote letters and signed petitions. I don’t live anywhere near the south side, but I don’t like the idea of trashing their lives in the hope that it will increase revenue for the city. Nor do I think that a casino is the only or the right answer for Diamondhead.June 28, 2014 at 3:20 am #7668
I would be interested in what other “right” ideas might help Diamondhead, some might garner support if known what they are. So far a Casino or two is all that has been proposed, I am at a loss to conceive of anything else that might offer a 500 job hierarchy, enormous support needs and large sales and advalorum tax contribution. Fresh ideas I’m sure would be appreciated by the majority of those whom contribute to pay the bills.June 28, 2014 at 3:58 am #7671
I know one thing, we need some business to come in and stay. Conways closed, and Sat. before last while I was in the parking area collecting signatures on the Jacobs Casino I took a pole for 3 hours on Goodys and Good Will. It turned out almost 10 to 1 with Goodys having 1 customer in 3 hour on a Sat. morning. I have heard from several that Goodys is trying to get out of their lease. I can remember the trouble Lennys went through breaking the lease. So if Goodys does go there is another large section of that plaza empty.June 28, 2014 at 5:15 am #7672
I have no expertise in what economic development is “right” for Diamondhead and as far as I’ve seen or heard in the year I’ve lived here, neither does anyone else who has been trying to come up with useful ideas, casinos or otherwise. Figuring out what’s right for here should be a process, preferably led by a professional, of gathering the data, finding out what kind of community residents ultimately want, and developing strategies for getting there. We’ve got to fully understand the problem before we can come up with good solutions.
I would be surprised if the Gaming Commission approved any licenses right now – Tunica’s demise, less discretionary income among customers, decreased gaming revenue for the state all add up to the likelihood that licensing a new casino will just cannibalize existing ones, perhaps raising questions about the viability of the Mississippi gaming market. If that’s a correct guess, all the more reason for Diamondhead to seek unbiased professional economic development help and advice. And no, that doesn’t mean hiring someone like D’Iberville’s former city manager. We don’t need to copy someone else but to develop our own plan, with much community input, to fit the type of community we have here.
Hopefully, such a process would also build a better sense of community here; it seems sadly frayed.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.