From: News Release Filed 2/26/10
CanCan Casino Resort and Spa, LLC, received site approval from the Mississippi Gaming Commission Thursday on a 5-acre waterfront site on the east side of I-110 in D’Iberville overlooking scenic Biloxi Back Bay.
The CanCan Casino project mirrors efforts underway by the City of D’Iberville to transform their downtown into a premier shopping and entertainment destination.
D’Iberville officials noted the CanCan project could be the anchor the city needs to realize its downtown redevelopment ambitions.
"We’ve been looking for a catalyst such as this to jumpstart our downtown development," Mayor Rusty Quave said.
(Image left: CanCan entrance)
"The City of D’Iberville has been working hard for many years to transform our downtown and waterfront into areas where retail shops, restaurants and unique attractions can flourish," City Manager Michael Janus said. "The CanCan project will help us realize these plans."
When completed, CanCan will boast a 60,000-square-foot casino with 1,800 slots and 40 gaming tables, four sumptuous restaurants, a first-class French spa, 250 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, and two exclusive retail outlets. CanCan will employ around 1,100 people.
CanCan’s principals worked with the leadership at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in D’Iberville to secure the 4.9-acre waterfront site.
Included among CanCan’s management advisors are gaming industry veterans H. Steven Norton and David Cacci.
"I’m thrilled to be back on the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Manno.
(Image right: Site Map - Click on image to enlarge.)
"City and State officials have been very cooperative, and we appreciate that very much," he said.
Manno, a 29-year veteran of the casino business, was the President/CEO of the Havana Casino Resort project on Biloxi’s Point Cadet. The Havana project had received approval, but was derailed by Hurricane Katrina. Manno had relocated his family to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but lost his home to the storm. Manno’s experience includes running the operations at Paris Casino and Bally’s Casino in Las Vegas. Norton has headed four national casino companies as President/CEO. Cacci comes to the CanCan project after serving as President/CEO of NewYork, NewYork in Las Vegas. Joesph Py is a retired businessman.
Francis Xavier Dumont has been tapped to design CanCan. He has served as architect for scores of casino projects, including the Sandia Resort & Casino in Albuquerque, NM, Casa Del Sol in Tucson, AZ, and the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ. Other notable projects by Dumont’s firm, Leo A Daly, include the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
One sign that CanCan is committed to providing a high level of culinary excellence is the hiring of premier Food & Beverage executive Robert Zitto. Zitto has headed F&B operations for Steve Wynn and Caesar’s Entertainment.
Local team members include attorneys Danny McDaniel and Michael Cavanaugh; Thompson Engineering, and The Guice Agency.
To see more renderings of what the CanCan is to look like - CLICK HERE