Gulfside Casino Partnership has submitted a letter to the Arkansas Racing Commission from Pope County Judge Jim Ed Gibson in support of its application for casino gaming. Once approved by state regulators, Gulfside has committed to build a three-phase $250-million resort casino in Pope County.
“We are excited to make a significant economic investment in the Arkansas River Valley with this first-class resort,” says Terry Green, co-owner of Gulfside. “This project will create more than 1,500 new jobs and generate millions of dollars in taxes – improving the county’s infrastructure and its overall quality of life.”
In November 2018, the state’s voters approved Amendment 100 of the Arkansas Constitution. The amendment allows local leaders to select, through a letter of support, who applies for a casino license in their community. The new amendment grants casino licenses to existing Arkansas institutions, including Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs and Southland Park in West Memphis. In addition, it provides for new licenses to be granted in Jefferson and Pope Counties. According to the amendment, the Arkansas Racing Commission is required to promulgate rules for the state’s new casino gaming structure no later than March 14.
“We have been in discussions with local leaders since March,” says Casey Castleberry, Gulfside’s attorney. “The Arkansas Constitution clearly supersedes any local ordinance. This process is playing out as intended by Amendment 100.”
Gulfside currently operates Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport, Miss. Pending regulatory approval, its Pope County River Valley Casino is expected to open by mid-2020.