P2E is a private investment company with an extensive track record of developing and operating various businesses. The company has been involved with 14 gaming properties in five states, of which 12 were greenfield developments. P2E’s relationship with Louisiana began in 2002 when the team purchased, relocated and operated Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La.

In every development, P2E seeks to build a strong partnership with the local communities in which it operates by listening and learning what is desired by the local community. P2E has developed, owned and operated gaming properties around the country, including New York, Kansas, Virginia and Iowa, with 17 years of experience in Louisiana. P2E’s del Lago Resort & Casino was recently recognized as the #2 Best Casino Hotel in the nation by USA Today. Our employees have been honored with Friendliest Casino Employees and Best Customer Service 11 years in a row.



There are many potential benefits Camellia Bay Resort can bring to your quality of life without increasing your taxes, such as:

  • Millions of additional dollars in infrastructure projects to improve our way of life—drainage, flood prevention and a community sports complex with a multi-purpose arena.
  • Thousands of new jobs for the parish.
  • Promotion of local businesses in the parish through the Point Partnership Program.

Not only do local businesses benefit from the increased traffic of visitors, but out-of-market visitors contribute tens of millions in gaming tax revenue to state and local governments. While every location’s customer base is unique, we expect a large percentage of our customer base to be made up of visitors from outside of St. Tammany. Statistics show that complexes like these purchase over 70% of all goods and services from Louisiana vendors and small businesses. Additionally, P2E is committed to helping local businesses with its unique Point Partnership Program that allows customers to use reward credits in the parish at locally owned retailers.

In addition to this, under the proposal, the Camellia Bay Resort’s operator is required to prioritize the selection of parish vendors and contractors, along with priority hiring of local St. Tammany residents. If voters approve, the project would create nearly 1,700 construction jobs and 1,000 new permanent jobs at the casino resort with full benefits and room for advancement. The average salary is 45,000 per year, which means tens of millions in new payroll dollars will be invested into our community and spent in local businesses.

P2E is also committed to making sure Camellia Bay’s guests interact with the surrounding city. As part of the developer’s pledge to benefit the entire community, they will create a Player’s Reward Program that encourages guests to leave the resort and spend money and reward points at nearby local businesses like restaurants and retail shops.

The Camellia Bay Resort will offer job opportunities on many levels for the community including management and supervisor roles and others such as table games dealers, restaurant servers, bartenders and cooks, security officers, maintenance technicians, hotel employees and more. P2E also anticipates hiring for 1,700 local jobs during construction.

  • Approximately 1,000 permanent casino jobs to benefit Slidell and St. Tammany economies.
  • Up to 1,700 local jobs during construction.
  • Up to 1,900 local jobs during operations.
  • Estimated average annual total compensation for casino employees is $45,000.
  • Our generous benefits package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability and much more.
  • Our Paid Time Off (PTO) plan benefits employees and provides opportunities for rest and recreation.

Construction hiring could begin as early as December 2021, assuming necessary permits and approvals.

These numbers represent average annual total compensation figures for many different careers with the resort and casino. Information is provided by P2E, the developer of the proposed resort and casino.

Average Annual Total Compensation by Position

  • Manager Positions $45,000 – $90,000
  • Supervisor Positions $30,000 – $60,000
    (depending on position and experience)
  • Table Games Dealer $54,000
  • Slot Attendant $37,000
  • Casino Cage Cashier $33,500
  • Restaurant Food Server $46,500
  • Bartender $45,500
  • Restaurant Cook $31,500
  • Security Officer $29,500
  • Maintenance Technician I $35,500
  • EVS Attendant $29,500
  • Hotel Front Desk Agent $27,500

Camellia Bay will offer a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision and much more. Its Paid Time Off (PTO) plan benefits employees and provides opportunities for rest and recreation.

If this project moves forward, Camellia Bay anticipates hiring for management and supervisor level positions. Salary is dependent on position and level of experience, but average annual compensation figures range between $45,000-$90,000 for management positions and $30,000-$60,000 for supervisor positions.

We strongly believe, and all data suggests, that this will be a win for area small businesses and the local economy. The Camellia Bay Resort is expected to generate over 2 million visits to the area annually. Those are real customers, with wallets ready to spend money and have a good time.

Camellia Bay will be a tourism and visitation engine for the area and we expect that a majority of the guests will frequent both the resort and the larger community during any visit. That could include visiting local restaurants, bars, gas stations, hotels and other hospitality establishments.

The Camellia Bay Resort will hire nearly 1,000 people at the average starting salary of $45,000 with benefits. That means tens of millions of dollars in payroll to be spent in the surrounding community, and we’re committed to prioritizing the hiring of local workers from St. Tammany Parish.

Camellia Bay’s parent company has an established community outreach program that partners with local businesses. This program allows guests who visit the resort to accrue points for their spending, similar to an airline frequent flyer program. Camellia Bay Resort then encourages its customers to spend those reward points at businesses in the community. Local businesses are then compensated directly for those customers’ visits and purchases. This rewards program has been rolled out at our other operations around the country and has been very successful.

The Point Partnership Program is available to all local businesses. Restaurants, bars, florists, dry cleaners and other similar businesses typically participate in the program. The program is open to the entire parish but will focus on business in the gaming zone.

The Host Community Agreement requires Camellia Bay to source at least 20% of all materials and equipment from St. Tammany Parish. The agreement further requires at least 30% of all construction work be sourced from contractors in St. Tammany Parish.

Absolutely. P2E partners with local vendors and products at every one of its locations across the country. From featuring local goods in the gift shop to hosting farmer’s markets and other area events, the team at P2E is always looking for new ways to embrace the local community. If anyone has a product or idea please contact us on our website.

Camellia Bay is committed to hiring at least 50% of its workforce from right here in St. Tammany Parish, with an average starting salary of $45,000 per year plus benefits. This means tens of millions of dollars in additional payroll being infused into our local economy every two weeks. Driving up real estate values and supporting local businesses.

Camellia Bay will offer a wide range of jobs including casino, hospitality, sales and marketing, information technology, security, food and beverage, back of house, human resources, security and facilities maintenance. The resort will offer job seekers in the region a wide range of offerings and provide opportunities for growth. It is not uncommon for an employee to start at an entry-level position and move into supervisor and management roles. Additionally, because of the different types and skillsets needed, employees can work in multiple departments in order to find an optimal fit. 

Current hiring struggles are due to COVID-19 and enhanced federal unemployment benefits. We hope that both of these issues are behind St. Tammany Parish when the developer begins the recruitment process for the operations of the resort. Typically P2E will begin recruiting and onboarding employees three to six months before the scheduled open date. We are hopeful that over the next year or two that implications on hiring caused by the enhanced unemployment benefits will be resolved.


This resort has always been about partnering with the Slidell community, and our name should reflect that. After reviewing thousands of submissions from local residents, we knew this project had to be called The Camellia Bay Resort and Casino. 

The name pays homage to Slidell’s history and culture, while also highlighting the natural beauty that makes St. Tammany Parish special. Camellia Bay perfectly symbolizes what we’re trying to build on the Northshore.

Camellia Bay’s first-class, entertainment resort with gaming, dining and live shows will be in East St. Tammany Parish, just outside of Slidell at the foot of the twin spans.

P2E, Camellia Bay’s parent company, purchased the land effective March 1, 2021. The previous owners of the land were not willing to offer an option to purchase later, therefore executives made the decision to purchase the land rather than run the risk of losing this valuable property.

Yes! Instead of lower-end river boat Casinos, Camellia Bay will be the first one developed under a new land-based law that allows full scale resorts. As a result, non-gaming activities will make up more of their business, and it will be a destination for tourism.

This new development is especially exciting for P2E who has a track-record of excellence. This award-winning operator has built and operated properties around the country. Recently, their casinos were recognized for excellence. USA Today ranked them the second Best Casino Hotel in the country, they earned a four diamond hotel rating from Triple A, and their employees have been honored as Best Customer Service 11 years in a row.

If the project is approved, Camellia Bay Resort will have a mix of table games like Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat and a variety of poker derivatives. However, the specific number and type of table games will depend on the final layout of the casino.

If the project is approved, there will be table games and a poker room. Camellia Bay anticipates having a variety of poker derivatives like, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, 3-Card Poker, 4-Card Poker, Pai Gow and Let It Ride. The specific number of table games will depend on the final layout of the casino.

Camellia Bay will be a top-of-the-line entertainment and gaming destination that the parish will be proud of for decades to come. That is why listening to the public was important to Camellia Bay’s developers. Numerous public meetings have occurred, and the operator has met face-to-face with thousands of residents and community leaders. That input helped improve the architecture, traffic plans, security, and even the amenities offered at the resort. In fact, the name “Camellia Bay” was suggested by a local nurse who was awarded five-thousand for her winning submission.

As an example of some non-gaming attractions at the resort, the property will contain multiple restaurants from fast and casual to fine dining with celebrity chefs, and an added emphasis on featuring locally-sourced seafood and produce.

Camellia Bay will hold the parish’s first real convention center with attached catering, meeting rooms, and ballrooms to increase tourism for conventions and facilitate events like weddings, Mardi Gras balls, and graduations.

Camellia Bay will also have an outdoor amphitheater and green space large enough to accommodate large community events, like farmer’s markets, high school graduations, and major outdoor concerts. The operator of this casino resort has expressed excitement for the multiple music venues for live concerts. The operator is currently one of the largest bookers of live country music acts in the nation.

P2E has a track record of quality at all of their properties. This award-winning operator has built and operated properties around the country. Recently, their casinos were recognized for excellence. USA Today ranked them the second Best Casino Hotel in the country, they earned a four diamond hotel rating from Triple A, and their employees have been honored as Best Customer Service 11 years in a row. This new land-based resort would include a first-class hotel, convention center, ballrooms, casino gaming, live music venues, green space for outdoor community events, a luxury spa, a new marina with lake access to the facility, multiple pools, a lazy river, and five restaurants.

P2E is especially committed to the marina. Lake Ponchartrain is one of the parish’s greatest assets. That’s why the operator is investing in a complete renovation of the marina to embrace the natural beauty of the lakeshore.

P2E has started the design and development process for Camellia Bay. The building program and images of the resort are located at

The full project site is over 100 acres, which is enough land to develop the projected plans, including the hotel, multiple restaurants, meeting space, outdoor amphitheater and resort-style pool with a lazy river. We’re also excited about the ample green space around the resort, which can be used for Farmer’s Markets, Community Events and even graduation ceremonies. 

The current Blind Tiger restaurant will be relocated to a location within the master plan of the development.

The selected property for this proposed resort is the best piece of property we’ve ever seen. It combines the beauty of Lake Ponchartrain with easy access to the Interstate. (All concerns about traffic have been addressed in the “safety and traffic” section of the FAQ page.)

We upped our investment from $250 million to $325 million because Camellia Bay should be perfect to reflect the land it was built on.

The additional $75 million in new investment will go towards our expanded outdoor offerings like water slides and a lazy river, along with new convention space and entertainment venues. We’re also really proud that this expanded scope includes the renovation and expansion of the existing marina. 

Camellia Bay will open at once with the initial building program including the 150 room hotel, multiple restaurants and bars, 20,000 square feet of meeting space, an outdoor amphitheater, resort-style pool and lazy river and a casino floor.

Yes. The marina is owned by Camellia Bay. We are currently in discussions with marina operators in order to create a boating experience that the area can be proud of and local residents can enjoy.

Peninsula Pacific Entertainment has a reputation for quality across the casino world and the accolades to prove it, winning the coveted AAA Four Diamond Awards eight times and being recognized by Casino Player Magazine with 48 honors over their several properties. Founder Brent Stevens and President Jonathan Swain take pride in developing properties from the ground up, to reflect the communities they serve. This track record and expertise perfectly positions P2E to make Camellia Bay something special.


Camellia Bay has guaranteed to pay for the construction AND operation of a new Sheriff’s substation to patrol and protect neighborhoods nearest to the resort. This would mean up to half a dozen new police officers continually patrolling the surrounding community. The Louisiana State Police, through the gaming enforcement division, will also always be on-site. Cameras and security personnel will provide additional resources to local law enforcement.

Camellia Bay is working with local engineers to explore the best solutions for the area. They are focused on reducing congestion and ensuring casino patrons have clear entrances and exits located away from residential areas. Generally, most casino traffic happens outside rush hours as people visit in the evening and on weekends. This also alleviates congestion.

Actually, reports gathered from the FBI and the U.S. Census Bureau indicate the opposite is usually true. Statistics show that resort style casinos similar to Camellia Bay and like the ones in Biloxi, Lake Charles, and Baton Rouge have had a positive impact on the community around them. Crime dropped while employment and housing values rose.

It is also important to note that local residents and those in neighboring parishes are already spending big money at Mississippi casinos. Camellia Bay would keep millions of those dollars here in St. Tammany Parish for our benefit.


FBI Crime Statistics: Crime Rate in Lake Charles were lower in 2019 than in 2009

Lake Charles, LA M.S.A. 2009Per Capita 100k2019 Per Capita 100k
Population 194,066  210,155 
Violent Crime 1,452748.2 1,151547.7
Property Crime 9,0734,675.2 8,1893,896.6
Burglary 3,9602,040.5 2,3491,117.7
Larceny-theft 4,5372,337.9 5,2222,484.8
Motor vehicle theft 576296.8 618294.1

Source: Crime in the United States 2009, Table 6 Crime by Metropolitan Statistical Area, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Crime in the United States 2019, Table 6 Crime by Metropolitan Statistical Area, Federal Bureau of Investigation

FBI Crime Statistics: Crime Rate in Gulfport-Biloxi Area Were Lower in 2019 than in 2009

Gulfport-Biloxi, MS M.S.A. 2009Per Capita 100k2019 Per Capita 100k
Population 233,616  417,585 
Violent Crime 565241.8 924221.3
Property Crime 10,2074,369.1 13,8493,316.5
Burglary 2,9641,268.7 2,300550.8
Larceny-theft 6,7302,880.8 10,3562,480
Motor vehicle theft 513219.6 1,193285.7

Source: Crime in the United States 2009, Table 6 Crime by Metropolitan Statistical Area, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Crime in the United States 2019, Table 6 Crime by Metropolitan Statistical Area, Federal Bureau of Investigation

FBI Crime Statistics: Crime Rate in Baton Rouge Were Lower in 2019 than in 2009

Baton Rouge, LA M.S.A. 2009Per Capita 100k2019 Per Capita 100k
Population 787,715  852,152 
Violent Crime 5,493697.3 4,721554
Property Crime 33,7014,278.3 28,2663,317
Burglary 8,9201,132.4 4,661547
Larceny-theft 22,7962,893.9 21,9262,573
Motor vehicle theft 1,985252.0 1,679197

Source: Crime in the United States 2009, Table 6 Crime by Metropolitan Statistical Area, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Crime in the United States 2019, Table 6 Crime by Metropolitan Statistical Area, Federal Bureau of Investigation


Some say casinos cause divorce rates to soar. Reports based on the most recent data gathered from the U.S. Census Bureau prove these claims to also be incorrect. Data was gathered from similar luxury resort areas in Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Gulfport/Biloxi, Mississippi. In all three locations divorce rates fall below the national average.

National Divorce Rate 15.5%
Baton Rouge11%
Lake Charles13.7%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau/American Community Survey data


No tax dollars will go towards Camellia Bay Resort. It will be built entirely with private investment provided by P2E. No state or parish dollars of any kind will be spent building Camellia Bay. If the voters approve this project, it will mean at least a $325 million investment with 100% of the tax revenue going to state and local government with no tax credits or exemptions. Most economic development opportunities of this size ask for tax exemptions and credits. Camellia Bay will receive none.


A study by Spectrum Gaming determined that the Shreveport-Bossier gaming market was oversaturated and should reduce the number of casinos in the market from seven to five. P2E purchased the struggling Diamond Jacks location in Bossier City in 2015 with the intention of redeveloping the license elsewhere.

In 2020, Governor Edwards closed all casinos in the state due to the pandemic. Currently, the Diamond Jacks remains closed as P2E pursues the relocation of the license to St. Tammany Parish, the project that has now become Camellia Bay Resort.

Again, this was not a property we built, created or even ran for very long. It was purchased in distress with hopes of relocating the license into a first class resort like many of the other properties we’ve developed from the ground up.

With regard to the current property in Shreveport we are actively marketing it for resale. We have also offered to donate it to the city for reuse as green space or a park.


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The Host Committee Agreement commits P2E to pay St. Tammany Parish 5% of all gaming revenue. This is not counting all of P2E’s other responsibilities to the community (i.e the Sports Complex). P2E will make payments to the Parish quarterly. 

In dollar figures, this measure would generate an additional $35 million annually in needed state revenue to fund important services like teacher pay-raises, improving our schools and roads, and money for State Police.

This measure would also generate $14 million annually in badly needed revenue for essential parish services such as roads, drainage, and public safety. Most importantly, it raises revenue without forcing tax increases on taxpayers because this revenue would be paid by the casino resort’s operator and its guests.

That isn’t even mentioning the funds specific to local waterways. If voters say yes, then millions of dollars will be dedicated to dredging more canals and conducting de-snagging operations in the eastern part of the parish. These drainage improvements would help help to prevent flooding like we saw during recent heavy rainstorms.

Calculations for the gaming revenue will be determined and calculated according to GAAP. (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles)

So how is GAAP gaming revenue calculated? 

First, you take the total gross revenue of dollars waged and deduct promotional expenses (i.e., prizes and free play). All other costs, such as marketing, operations, labor, etc., are not deducted from the GAAP total. 

Example: If $50 was wagered at a blackjack table and $30 dollars was paid out in prizes at that table, the net gaming revenue is $20 dollars. St. Tammany Parish is then entitled to $1 of that money. The $5 to pay the dealer is not included in that calculation.

Simply put, the 5% revenue share, which would be the largest in the state of Louisiana, is based upon total gross dollars waged minus strictly monitored promotional expenses.

Every aspect of Camellia Bay is audited and under the strict supervision of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board and the Louisiana State Police. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board conducts an annual review of the resort.

If payments are not complete and found to violate the conditions of our license, we risk having our doors closed and our license revoked. In addition, a violation could also put our other licenses around the country at risk.

It was important that the revenues generated from Camellia Bay benefit the community nearer to the resort site. That’s why parish leaders established the so-called “Gaming Zone” to ensure that new resources and revenue benefited the eastern part of the parish directly. Of the gaming proceeds, 37.5% is going to St. Tammany Parish with 12.5% to be spent in the gaming zone.

The Host Community agreement defines The St. Tammany Parish Gaming and Entertainment unincorporated areas with the following boundaries:

      • Lake Pontchartrain as the southern border
      • Thompson Road to Highway 190 East to Airport Road as the western border
      • I-12 East to I-10 East as the northern border
      • The Louisiana State Line as the eastern border

The funds dedicated to this region are in addition to the 15% revenue share set aside for the City of Slidell.

Yes! The host community agreement specifies that 8% of funds be used for infrastructure, drainage, de-snagging, surge protection and coastal restoration related projects. Approval of the Camellia Bay Resort will result in millions of dollars in funding for the St. Tammany Levee District. The funding is dedicated to improving flood protection during Hurricane Season and will be spent in coordination with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers.


Almost thirty years ago, St. Tammany Parish voted on three measures that prohibited video poker, riverboat gaming and land-based gaming from occurring in the Parish. However, we believe the voters should have the right to vote on what occurs in their community and Parish. Therefore, the Parish will have a referendum on the construction of a single casino, built on a specific property, owned and operated by P2E, the project now named Camellia Bay Resort.

No. This vote approves the relocation of only ONE of Louisiana’s 15 gaming licenses to a specific location in eastern St. Tammany, near Slidell. The measure before the voters this fall will not change the prohibition of video poker gaming or any allow additional locations for a land-based or river boat casino. If the voters approve of this measure, they are saying yes to a single, land-based resort only on a specific piece of land south of Slidell. See the exact ballot language in a question below.   

Lawyers for the state of Louisiana were very clear in the legislative drafting process. They advised that both the courts and common sense tell us that when two questions of similar matter can be combined into one question to ensure the voter’s intent is explicitly clear, then the two matters should be combined. 

For example, if there were two ballot measures: “Do you want to approve casinos in St. Tammany?” and a second question, “Do you want to approve a land-based casino south of Slidell along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain?,” confusion and lawsuits would arise if the first question failed and the second question passed.  Therefore, legal experts concluded a single question is best for voters and followed the historical precedent of similar matters around the state. 

Before the people is a clear question which provides them with every bit of information they need to make an informed decision. It says specifically what type of license is being approved and exactly where it will be located.

In addition, the measure was written to allow the voters to say “Yes” or “No” on a detailed proposal, negotiated in full view of the public, without having concerns of further gaming expansion without voter approval.

We’re confident that the one-question ballot puts a very easy to understand question before the voters this fall: Do you want to allow a single, land-based casino to operate along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, southeast of Slidell. Here is the language that will appear on the ballot in November. 

“Shall gaming operations and activities authorized by the Louisiana Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Control Act be authorized in St. Tammany Parish at a site along those certain waterways in St. Tammany Parish along portions of Lake Pontchartrain that are part of the Lakeshore Marina located south and east of Interstate 10, Exit 261, and shall (Name of licensee approved by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board) or the licensee’s successors and assigns be authorized to relocate from its current location to the location in St. Tammany Parish described above, and to develop on such location a gaming, hotel, and resort operation all in accordance with the Louisiana Gaming Control Law, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, the Louisiana Election Code, and other relevant constitutional and statutory authority?”


Yes! For years Slidell parents have worked to create a sports park for East St. Tammany.  At the urging of your local leaders, Camellia Bay’s operator will give $35 million to establish a permanent, super regional sports complex in Eastern  St. Tammany, and they are committed to providing millions more toward operations of the facility for the next 30 years with no tax dollars required.

In addition to use by local teams, this complex will host regional and national athletic events that bring thousands of tourists to town for travel tournaments. This park will be a second visitation driver to the area and provide unique opportunities for families to visit during the various sports seasons throughout the year.

The $35 million will be paid in full when the project is approved.

On July 28, you would have been correct. The deal was structured so that money would be paid out at certain construction milestones to be managed under the supervision of the St. Tammany Corporation. We thought this deal was in the best interest of all parties.

However, the community spoke and we listened. The passion for this Sports Complex was overwhelming, and we learned that plans for similar structures have been proposed before and fallen through. Slidell was uncertain this proposal wouldn’t fall through as well. So, on July 29, we removed the uncertainty – $35 million will be paid upon this projects approval.

The sports complex will still be funded through the casinos’ operations and continual payments made as outlined in the Host Community Agreement.

Unlike other times this proposed sports complex failed, tax-payers will not foot the bill or be on the hook for any bonds. The goal is for this complex to be a self-sufficient benefit to Slidell for generations to come.

Yes. The Host Community Agreement is permanently attached to the casino license. If P2E were to sell or go under and a new operator was to acquire the casino license, the new operator would have to fulfill the commitments of the Host Community Agreement with St. Tammany Parish no matter where they operate with that license in the state. 

During the Host Community Agreement negotiations, Parish leaders asked for additional assurances from P2E’s parent company to ensure that we met all obligations of the agreement. As a result, P2E provided an unprecedented guarantee to be given by the parent company. This guarantee is in addition to the guarantee given by Camellia Bay. The result is that every casino P2E owns and all of its assets are committed to ensuring these commitments are honored. Think of it like wearing pants and suspenders at the same time.

We openly recognize that Camellia Bay’s most significant competitor will be the casinos that dot the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In nearly every one of those casinos, smoking is allowed, and studies show that a smoking ban dramatically decreases revenue. With that in mind, P2E wanted to hypothetically encourage Parish Government not to ban smoking on Camellia Bay’s gaming floor. That is why the host agreement stipulates that if the Parish were to impose a smoking ban on Camellia Bay, this would release P2E’s secondary parent company guarantee. However, it does not release the local P2E entity, The Camellia Bay Resort, that owns the gaming license from any obligations contained in the Host Community Agreement. The commitments made in the host agreement will still be in full effect and attached to the operation of the casino license and regulated by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.