Pinnacle Casino opening pushed back to summer 2012
BATON ROUGE - Volatile river levels have pushed back the opening of the Pinnacle Casino being built along the Mississippi in Baton Rouge.
The company announced that the casino and hotel wouldn't open until the summer of 2012 because construction had to be delayed due to high water levels.
Earlier in the year lower river levels had also kept crews from moving three riverboat hulls down the river and into position at the construction site.
The hulls are now at the site, but high water levels are keeping crews from working on the dry side of the levee, where the hotel is located.
As of March 31, around $290 million of the casino's $357 million construction budget, excluding land and capitalized interest, remains to be invested.