Will DiamondJacks Casino reopen in Bossier City?
BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) - More than a year and a half ago, DiamondJacks Casino and Resort in Bossier City closed its doors. Since then, the casino’s parent company, Peninsula Pacific, has been campaigning in south Louisiana to open a new casino in Slidell.
However, St. Tammany Parish voters said no to the casino. Now DiamondJacks has 60 days to reopen in its original location.
The resolution put forth by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, in part, reads:
By a margin of 63% to 37%, St. Tammany voters said they do not want the casino built on the Northshore.
KSLA News 12 talked with Ronnie Johns, chairman of the gaming board, over the phone. He said that 60-day mark started Sunday, Dec. 12, the day after the election.
DiamondJacks’ parent company, Pacific Peninsula, could petition for more time.
David R. “Rocky” Rockett, Jr., executive director/president of the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation, told KSLA News 12 that it’s possible to get the casino back up and running within the next couple months, but it will not be easy.
“A good deal of the property has either been sold off or moved or relocated. It’s going to take a very big effort on the part of DiamondJacks to repopulate it with machinery, repopulate it with furniture. ... It’s not just ‘Let’s flip the lights back on’.”
On Monday, KSLA News 12 crews saw people walking around and multiple vehicles on the property.
The casino has been closed since May. In that time, the gaming license has sat dormant, according to Johns. That’s one less license making money for Louisiana and Bossier Parish, which is why there’s a deadline in place.
Pacific Peninsula and the gaming board are expected to have a meeting later this week about the status of the casino and a potential extension.
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