ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hard Rock International is asking New Jersey casino regulators for a six-month delay in starting a new “boutique” casino on the Boardwalk.

The company, owned by the Seminole Indian tribe of Florida, has applied to build one of two new smaller casinos under a pilot program intended to jump-start the struggling Atlantic City market.

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Under the plan, they were to put up an initial $1 million payment by March 15 and start work by July 15. But the company says it needs more time to obtain environmental permits for the work, much of which will be done on the beach.

The Casino Control Commission is due to consider the request for a delay at Wednesday’s meeting.

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No other taker has materialized for the second slot in the pilot program.

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