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Harrah's Delays Construction On Margaritaville Resort

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Harrah's Entertainment says it's going to slow construction plans for its Margaritaville Casino & Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Harrah's spokeswoman Marybel Batjer in Las Vegas didn't provide a new completion date for the $700 million project. It had been scheduled to open in 2010.

But Batjer issued a statement Tuesday saying there'll be less activity and fewer workers at the beachfront site between Harrah's closed Casino Magic property and its Grand Biloxi resort.

The statement blames the national economy and market conditions on the Gulf Coast.

Construction started last August on the 420-room hotel with an outdoor shopping village, casino, meeting and convention space, ballroom and restaurants.

It's designed with a theme based on stories by songwriter Jimmy Buffett.