Hurricane Katrina is spawning a new storm, this one political, as Mississippi lawmakers in special session ponder whether to let destroyed casinos rebuild on dry land instead of the floating barges to which they were previously restricted.
The casinos employed more than 17,000 people here on the Mississippi coast, and the economic future of Biloxi is tied tightly to them:
The industry pumps millions into state and local economies, but some still say it was legalized in 1991 only because of political sleight of hand or because many lawmakers were absent or didn’t understand what they were voting on.
Some religious conservatives see this as their chance to keep the casinos from returning.
Photo from the web site of the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino