he state's last riverboat casino license was awarded to US$400 million, which beat out two other projects, including one proposed for the Harvey Canal.
The project was chosen over Penn National Gaming's proposal for a US$145 million Hollywood Casino Harvey on the Harvey Canal and St. Gabriel Downs' proposal to build a US$167 million Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on the shores of Lake Charles.
Board member Robert Jones said Mojito Pointe would generate the most revenue and jobs’, noting that it is projected to employ 2,000 people, more than the other two projects combined. "It will be a world-class facility that all Louisianans can be proud of," he said.
Lake Charles area voters must approve the Mojito Pointe project in an April 30 referendum. Creative Casinos has said the resort would be completed by the end of 2013.