The Mississippi Gulf Coast Casino industry has already endured its fair share of issues this year. Back in March, they had to shutter their doors do to the coronavirus outbreak. More than a few times this summer, they kept their eye to the sky for approaching hurricanes. The latest storm to pound this area of the Gulf Coast was Hurricane Zeta. October went out with a bang when the storm reached the region on Oct. 28. The biggest concern with this latest tropical system was storm surge along the Mississippi coastline.
Which Mississippi Gulf Coast Casinos Are Back In Business After Hurricane Zeta?
You know that when the Weather Channel sends Jim Cantore into town, things could get rough. He broadcasted live from Biloxi during the height of this storm. The Golden Nugget Biloxi was one of three area casinos to remain open. Island View Casino was also able to remain open for business.
Harrah’s Gulf Coast Casino was forced to close for a short period of time to clean things up.
Debris from the storm’s impact tied up parts of US 90 along the coast. Once this was cleared, roads and streets around the casinos could accommodate traffic. Right after the storm blew through, Palace Casino in Biloxi turned to generators for power. Regular power was restored on Friday and the casino planned to be open on Saturday.
The Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock County also had to use emergency power directly after the storm. That casino’s general manage is John Ferrucci. He told local news sources close to PlaySlots4RealMoney.com that there was no structural damage at this location. There is still quite a bit of sand and smaller debris in the casino parking lot. The plan at the time was to reopen in time for the Halloween weekend.
One area casino that is going to need a bit more time to reopen its doors is Beau Rivage. Management voiced concerns over the safety of employees and guests. All the damage is expected to be repaired in time to open on Thursday, Nov. 5.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast region is home to 12 casino venues. The other 11 properties were open as of Saturday, Oct. 31.
A few of the Mississippi Gulf Coastal casinos on that list that were not previously mentioned include:
- Boomtown Biloxi
- Hard Rock Biloxi
- Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast
- IP Casino Biloxi
- Treasure Bay Casino
- Scarlet Pearl Casino (D’Iberville)
The fact that 11 of the 12 casinos are open becomes a testament to the resiliency of this region. It has been one of the worst hurricane seasons on record for the entire Gulf Coast from the Florida panhandle to the coast of Texas.
While no one particular storm dealt a truly devasting blow, one storm after another has pummeled parts of this region. The official hurricane season has finally come to an end on Nov. 1. Hopefully, the Gulf Coast will remain quiet weather-wise for the rest of the year.
• Source: MS Coast casinos begin reopening as power is restored after Hurricane Zeta From Sunherald.com On October 31, 2020.
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