2/28/2008

Under pressure from a local casino, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is urging the Port of Gulfport to scrap its plans for a westward expansion and build to the south instead. Executives at Island View Casino complained that current expansion plans would block views from the $300 million resort. Port officials counter that the westward expansion is needed to stay competitive since a newly widened Panama Canal allows bigger ships into Gulfport.

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