Peninsula proposes new casino

Apr 10, 2018 3:00 AM

Peninsula Pacific, the California-based company behind a proposed new casino in Tangipahoa Parish in Louisiana, has told community members and local officials they plan to build both an indoor and outdoor event center, a farmer’s market buffet and a potential bass fishing tournament dock at the proposed venue.

The company described its proposal late last week in a meeting with officials and community members in Hammond.

The company currently owns one of the state’s 15 riverboat casinos, DiamondJacks Casino & Hotel in Bossier City, but would like to open a casino in Tangipahoa Parish instead. CEO Brent Stevens says that location would allow them to capture some of the gambling traffic that currently goes to Mississippi.

Moving the license requires legislative and voter approval. State lawmakers are currently considering updating gambling laws that would allow the state’s riverboat casinos wishing to do so to move off the water and onto land.

Hammond is the largest city in Tangipahoa Parish, situated 45 miles east of Baton Rouge and 45 miles northwest of New Orleans.