Connecticut tribe among partners in $265M Mississippi casino

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Connecticut Indian tribe and others say they’ll partner to build a $265 million casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Mashantucket Pequot tribe, which operates the massive Foxwoods Resort Casino in eastern Connecticut, says it will lend that name to Foxwoods Resort Casino at Biloxi Pointe.

The casino would be built on the site of a former Heinz pet food factory on Biloxi’s Back Bay. Louisiana businessman Chris Ferrara bought the site and won Mississippi Gaming Commission approval for a casino site in 2012. The commission would have to approve the Foxwoods plan, which calls for a 500-room hotel and a casino with almost 1,400 slots and table games.

The partners say they hope to open the casino by 2019. It would be the 13th casino on Mississippi’s coast.