Miss. regulators certify Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville casino, set to open May 22

Buffett says that the casino will bring "a thousand new jobs to the Gulf Coast at a time they're needed"

Published On: May 17 2012 12:56:12 PM EDT
Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant in Biloxi
JACKSON, Miss. -

Jimmy Buffett says creating jobs on the Gulf Coast is a rewarding part of his new Margaritaville Casino and Resort in Mississippi.

Buffett was in Jackson Thursday when the Mississippi Gaming Commission signed off the certification for the casino, set to open Tuesday, May 22 in Biloxi.

The meeting was a formality. Gaming Commission Chairman Jerry St. Pe told Buffett and his business partner, John Cohlan, the casino had already been found suitable for certification.

In a press release, Buffett said he is thrilled about the opening of the casino.

"Biloxi has been on my songline for a long, long time," said Buffett. "I made my professional singing debut here back in the late 60's, when I used to drive my Ford Falcon 'down around Biloxi' from the school in Hattiesburg, to play weekends at Trader Jons."

Buffett told the board the casino will be fun but also will bring "a thousand new jobs to the Gulf Coast at a time they're needed."

After the meeting, Buffett wouldn't say if he'll perform at the opening, but pointed out that he's "a shameless musician and coming home seems like a party to me."

Buffett is set to play at Detroit's Comerica Park on July 28.  This concert marks his first ever show in Detroit’s city limits.

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