Proposed Biloxi casino moves one step closer

Jackson, Miss. - Mississippi is one step closer to getting another casino in Biloxi.  On Thursday, the Mississippi Gaming Commission gave site approval to the proposed Biloxi Boardwalk Casino & Resort. It's the first in a series of approvals required for the casino, which will be built on the site of the old Heinz pet food factory.

The casino is being proposed by Louisiana businessman Chris Ferrara. Ferrara, who also owns a fire truck manufacturer in Holden, La., bought the site after the former Heinz pet food factory closed.

The plans call to renovate the 185,000 square-foot building into a casino and convention center. There are also plans to open a restaurant nearby in September at a marina that Ferraro has purchased.

Biloxi Boardwalk would be the 10th casino in Biloxi and 13th on Mississippi's coast. The site is near the recently opened Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant. The commission approved that Jimmy Buffett-themed casino, but has twice rejected plans for Harbor Town casino in Gulfport.