Consider the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino. Only a catfish-throw away from some of the places hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina, the Beau is still gleaming from the complete overhaul it underwent only a short time ago.
It's uncertain whether rebuilding the casinos here in Biloxi before virtually anything else was a good or a bad thing. It's easy to forget where you are when surrounded by the same flashing lights and ringing bells that can be found on any gaming floor across the country and it's even easier to forget this community's problems when confronted with shining marble floors and imposing palisades.
For better or for worse, the atmosphere which pervades the Beau Rivage is jovial. The attitude of locals who are here for both work and play is optimistic and smacks of the kind of steadfast perseverance for which the South is famous.
Inside the tournament room more contradictions were apparent even before the cards were in the air. With the Mimi Tran