Rick Carter and Terry Green, principals of Gulfside Casino Partnership, which operates Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport, are credited as pioneers of dockside gaming in Mississippi and were inducted in the Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association Inaugural Hall of Fame in May 2018. Rick and Terry operated the Copa Casino beginning in 1992. In the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed the Copa, the partners were at the forefront of lobbying for Mississippi bill 45 to allow land-based gaming. They purchased the former Grand Casino Gulfport and after reinvesting their personal capital, on September 16, 2006 opened the doors to Island View Casino Resort, the first new land-based casino on the Gulf Coast. In April 2015, Carter and Green opened the Beach Tower Hotel, a $58 million expansion. A $75 million expansion of a second (smoke-free) casino adjacent to Beach Tower opened in June 2018, making Island View Casino the largest casino in the state with respect to gaming square footage and total gaming positions. Sitting on 40 acres, with over 977,000 total square footage, including two casino floors and more than 2,700 gaming positions, the resort offers two hotel towers with 974 hotel rooms (including suites), 14 food outlets, a championship golf course, a spa, and beach side facilities. Island View Casino Resort is one of the largest employers in the area with approximately 1,900 employees.