Harrah's Casino Hotels is remaining mum on its plans for the former site of
the Grand Casino Island View Hotel in Biloxi.
The casino company demolished the hotel—one of the first to adorn Biloxi's Casino Row—over the
weekend to make room for the new construction. Alberto Lopez, Harrah's corporate
director of strategic communication, had only this to say: "We're going to
come back bigger and better than before." However, city officials reported
that the casino monolith has told them that the new construction will top $1
billion. Vincent Creely, Biloxi's
manager of public affairs, confirmed the $1 billion figure to Travel Agent
magazine Tuesday. Harrah's has denied ever announcing this figure, either
privately or publicly, although news of a $1 billion commitment has been
reported in the mainstream press.