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LITTLE RIVER, SC – One of two casino boats operating out of Little River has stopped operations.

SunCruz Casino stopped its operations Monday.

SunCruz took passengers into international waters to gamble. SunCruz has said it employed about 200 people.

A message on the SunCruz telephone line thanks customers for their support and directs them to the Big M, Little River's other casino boat.

There was no explanation for the shutdown. But SunCruz had been involved in a legal fight with Horry County for two years over a $7 per passenger fee the county had imposed on the boat.

Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus said the county and SunCruz had been negotiating a settlement of debt. The amount the company owed the county has not been released.

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