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City council approves tax incentive for new Hard Rock hotel

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has authorized a seven-year tourism tax incentive for a new hotel tower at Hard Rock Casino Biloxi.

The Sun Herald reports the incentive means the hotel will pay no ad valorem tax on the improved value for the seven-year period.

The tower will be built north of the swimming pool along U.S. 90. The 12-story tower will have 140 rooms and 14 suites.

General manager Duncan McKenzie said yesterday once financing and other approvals are complete, the construction will take 14 to 16 months.

The tower will cost $32.5 million and will create 90 new jobs in the hotel, as well as 250 construction jobs during the build phase.

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