Mississippi regulators OK site for Tunica mega-casino resort

JACKSON, Miss. (AP)- Canadian-based developers of a proposed Tunica County resort have added an observation wheel to a project that includes six casinos and a covered golf course.

The price tag has ballooned to 1.1 billion dollars.

The Mississippi Gaming Commission yesterday gave approval for the second time to the site and development plans the Myriad World Resorts project.

The cost of the project has increased because the hotel is expected to be larger and there will be six casinos and an observation wheel like one in London. Officials say the price of materials has risen.

The hotel and casino would be built first and the other amenities added as financing is available. Myriad announced plans in June 2004 for a 900 million-dollar casino resort in Tunica with an 18-hole covered golf course, an 80,000 square-foot casino with two-thousand slot machines and 90 table games, and a 1,200 room hotel.

The resort would also have a convention center with 374,000 square feet, botanical gardens, entertainment area, a five-acre water park and a snow park.

Developers had hoped the casino and hotel would open in fall 2006. It will not.

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