Trump and Diamondhead have signed a letter of intent pursuant to which the parties intend to form a joint venture partnership to develop, build and operate a destination casino resort in Diamondhead, Mississippi. The joint venture would cover a minimum of forty acres within a 404-acre tract of land owned by Mississippi Gaming Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Diamondhead. The Diamondhead tract fronts Interstate 10 for approximately two miles and the Bay of St. Louis for approximately two miles and is located in Hancock County, Mississippi. The property is zoned as a Special Use District-Waterfront Gaming District by Hancock County. On October 17, 2005, following Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour signed a bill into law that permits casinos to be built on land up to 800-feet from the mean high water line of certain bodies of water. The new law applies to the Diamondhead property.
“We believe a partnership with Trump Entertainment Resorts for this venture adds up to an ideal combination because of their experience, the value of the Trump brand, the location of our site on Interstate 10 and the vitality of the Gulf Coast market,” said Deborah A. Vitale, the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Diamondhead. “We have the land, the location and the desire to pursue a master plan for the entire tract that should not only enhance long term shareholder value, but which should significantly enhance the surrounding economy.”
“As we renovate and re-brand our Atlantic City properties, we are also focused on our corporate development initiatives and expanding the Trump brand into new markets,” said James B. Perry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. “We are excited about the prospect of bringing the Trump brand to the Gulf Coast, and we hope to join private and public entities in redeveloping the region. We believe that this is a great opportunity to create value for our company, our shareholders and the citizens of Mississippi.”