Residents pray against Choctaw Casino referendum

More than 50 church members from across Jackson County held a prayer vigil directly across from land where the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has proposed building a casino.

Sunday's 35-minute vigil was held at Mississippi 57 and Firestone Road. About 10 pastors prayed for help in stopping the approval of the casino.

The Reverend Carl King, executive pastor of Crossroads Church of the Nazarene and spokesman for Jackson County United for Families, says there are enough casinos in Harrison and Hancock counties.

He said the good brought by casinos, which hire locals and pump money into the economies of Jackson County and the Choctaw, is far outweighed by the evil.

King said the prayer vigils would be held twice monthly until the November 8th general election when residents countywide get to vote on a nonbinding referendum about the casino proposal.

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians wants to build a $375 million casino on 100 acres.

Plans call for more than 23-hundred slot machines and a 400-seat buffet. The hotel would have 11-hundred rooms, a theater, indoor and outdoor pools and a fitness center.