Mississippi Company Submits Casino License Application In Pope County

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Mississippi company has applied for a casino license in Arkansas, but the proposal lacks the backing of current local leaders.

Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin on Monday said the state received an application last week from Gulfside Casino Partnership for a casino in Pope County. A constitutional amendment voters approved last year legalized casinos in Pope and Jefferson counties, at a Hot Springs horse track and a West Memphis dog track. The state received an application for the Jefferson County license from the Downstream Development Authority.

Hardin said the Pope County application included letters from former local leaders. Racing Commission regulations say letters of support can only come from current officeholders.

The deadline for the Pope and Jefferson applications is May 30.

In April, Warner Gaming announced it was teaming up with the Hard Rock brand to propose a new resort with casino gaming in Pope County.

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