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Permits approved to revamp shuttered Sahara casino in Las Vegas

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  • 2001 file photo shows the marquee of the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Now that the Sahara hotel-casino is closed in Las Vegas after 59 years
    2001 file photo shows the marquee of the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Now that the Sahara hotel-casino is closed in Las Vegas after 59 years
  • everything must go.The owners of the Rat Pack-era casino are planning a liquidation sale of all items inside the property exactly one month after closing the casino's doors.  (AP Photo/Laura Rauch
    everything must go.The owners of the Rat Pack-era casino are planning a liquidation sale of all items inside the property exactly one month after closing the casino's doors. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch

LAS VEGAS >> An iconic Las Vegas Strip casino that hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley before closing earlier this year has a chance to reopen again.

The Las Vegas Sun reports Clark County commissioners approved use permits on Wednesday for a major renovation of the Sahara Hotel and Casino. Plans call for remodeling the casino floor and 1,622 hotel rooms, and demolishing a signature roller coaster that runs in and out of the hotel.

The proposal also seeks to add a beer garden.

The Sahara had operated for nearly 59 years before owners decided in May it was no longer economically viable to keep it open. It. More than 1,000 employees lost their jobs in the closure.

The proposal ends speculation that owners would implode the casino.

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