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Gulfport seeks hotel developer for new aquarium plans

GULFPORT — The city of Gulfport is moving ahead with plans for a destination aquarium on a downtown property it owns.

The Sun Herald reports that the city’s urban development agency, the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission, is requesting proposals from developers by June 3 for a hotel on the property. The hotel would have to have a minimum of 120 rooms, affiliation with a hotel brand, at least a three-star rating and amenities.

The agency also seeks proposals for marketing services by April 4. Gulfport Redevelopment Commission attorney Steve Hendrix says the agency wants to be in a position to start raising money for the aquarium as soon as a design is approved.

The city has already borrowed $14 million to assemble lots for the aquarium, while the state has committed $41.5 million on the project.

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  1. No economic research was done to find out whether ANY of these dolphin prisons in the U.S. are profitable. Gulfport has no idea how much it costs to run one of these. There was no bidding process on who will develop it, how, and for how much. Contract just went to a Philbilly’s buddy’s recommendation, with middle man payoffs up and down the line (this would be BP money). It’s going to be built in a place that is close to the Fantasy Port, which, if it ever lived up to promises, would shake the ground worse than the original “Moby” location at the I-10 and I-110 intersection. The new location is also very close to the (ruined) Sound, which means the next hurricane will wipe it out.

    As always, MS is smart as a brick.

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