January 27, 2011
Diamondhead Casino Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: DHCC) (the "Company")
announced that it had agreed to extend a Letter of Intent entered into with
Phoenix Gaming and Entertainment, LLC ("Phoenix") for sixty days.
DHCC owns, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mississippi Gaming Corporation, approximately 404 acres of land in Diamondhead, Mississippi. The property is lien-free and debt-free and is zoned for a casino and other commercial uses. The property fronts Interstate 10 for approximately two miles and the Bay of St. Louis for approximately two miles.
On December 10, 2010, DHCC entered into a Letter of Intent with Phoenix. Under the terms of the Letter of Intent, Phoenix proposes to purchase 25 acres of land for $1 million per acre to be used, in part, for the construction of a casino. DHCC has agreed to give Phoenix an additional 15 acres of land to be used for the construction of roadways and right-of-way requirements, greenery, buffering, on-site mitigation and/or the footprint for a possible parking garage. DHCC retains the right to construct its own casino on the remaining land, but Phoenix gets the right of first refusal with respect to any additional, future gaming development by other parties on the property. The Letter of Intent is a non-binding agreement and unless and until DHCC and Phoenix sign a Definitive Agreement, the relationship between the parties will be non-exclusive and DHCC shall be free to continue discussions with other interested parties. The Letter of Intent was originally scheduled to automatically terminate on January 31, 2011 if no Definitive Agreement was in place. The parties have agreed to extend this termination date to April 1, 2011. DHCC remains in discussions with other parties with respect to the remainder of the property.
Phoenix Gaming and Entertainment, LLC was originally founded by Edward M. Tracy, now President and Chief Operating Officer of Sands China Ltd. Phoenix operations are now managed by James Ahearn, who serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and David Jonas, who serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Mr. Jonas, who recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Philadelphia Park Casino and who previously served as regional President in charge of Harrah's four Atlantic City casinos (Caesars, Harrah's, Bally's and Showboat), speaking on behalf of Phoenix, stated: "We are very excited about the Diamondhead project and the potential revenue it can generate because of its location on a major interstate highway. This is a unique opportunity because approximately 18 million vehicles pass the site annually, an attribute which other competing casinos in the area simply do not enjoy."
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