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Thursday, August 17, 2006

At Least Some Are Recovering

The Grand Casino in Biloxi reopens tonight. It was washed across the highway by Katrina and was demolished over a period of months. The Beau Rivage is scheduled to reopen on August 29, exactly one year after the storm.

The returning casinos are something of a bittersweet sight. It's sad that these are the main businesses that can afford to come back. It's sad that they will be there to tempt and draw in people who have almost nothing to spend and everything to lose. Yet they represent much needed job opportunities and a critical tax base to the area if there is to be any recovery at all.

Welcome back, I say. Welcome back, monstrosities. Welcome back corporate tourist traps. We might not always love you, but we do need you.


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