Long Beach Breeze

PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID LONG BEACH, MS PERMIT NO. 60 Long Beach Breeze P.O. Box 144, Long Beach, MS 39560 October 22, 2018 • Volume 2, Number 10 • “Good News You Can Use” cont. on page 7 Casino site proposal up for discussion in LB Photo by Amanda Compton-Ortiz The Mississippi Gaming Com- mission wants to hear from Long Beach residents next month when they consider site approval for a proposed casino in the city. A public hearing to determine if the site is legal for a casino will take place at Long Beach City Hall on November 15 at 9 a.m.“Commis- sioners want to hear from residents and find out what the temperament is in Long Beach for proposal of construction of a casino down the road,” said Jay McDaniel, deputy director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission. “They want to gauge things like what kind of amenities would the development need to bring to the area and how residents feel about the addition of gaming in the city.” McDaniel added that while input from residents is welcomed at the By Amanda Compton-Ortiz hearing, comments must be kept brief. Project developers – Long Beach Harbor Resorts LLC, Blue Ridge Properties LLC, and other indi- viduals – are hoping to build a 40,000-square-foot casino at the site of the old K-Mart and Sav-A- Center properties north of High- way 90 across from the Long Beach Harbor. According to McDaniel, any deci- sion made by commissioners at the hearing will address only the legal- ity of the site for developers’ pro- posal to build a casino there. It is the first stage in a two-part process and will not grant approval for any kind of construction to take place at the site. Commissioners will consider things like whether the site is in violation of any applicable city ordinances and if it’s located far enough away from residential areas, local churches and schools. They will also make sure the site is compatible with state law that requires it to be within 800 feet of the shoreline, and other compo- nents. “This is the first stage where com- missioners look at the site to see if it meets certain regulations and specifications and decide whether or not it’s even suitable for a casi- no project,” McDaniel said. During the second phase of the proposal, McDaniel said commis- sioners would decide on whether to grant final approval of the project and allow construction to begin. Schools place in top 10 The Long Beach School District has earned the highest possible academic rating for the 2017-18 school year. This year will be the third con- secutive year the school system has received an “A” rating with an overall score of 691, placing it among the top 10 school districts in the State of Mississippi. Long Beach schools performed better than 96.3 percent of other school districts in the state, des- ignating the district as tenth over- all – up from last year’s thirteenth - among all Mississippi public By Amanda Compton-Ortiz Photo by Fred Weller school districts. “I would like to thank all of our dedicated employees for achiev- ing an “A” rating once again,” said Long Beach School District Board President Tim Pierce. “This rating exemplifies not only our district’s awesome teachers and students, but also our district leadership from the top down. It is a team effort across the district.” The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) on October 11 approved letter grades for schools and districts based on Mississip- pi’s A-F accountability system that evaluates how schools and cont. on page 2 The Mississippi Gaming Commission will convene here at Long Beach City Hall on November 15 to consider site approval for a proposed casino in the city. Onlookers standby as Cruisin’ the Coast kicks off October 1 with a parade of vehi- cles beginning in front of Long Beach High School. See story and additional photos on Page 3. Cruisin’ boasts fine rides