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City of Biloxi takes state to court over rent payment

Attorneys for the city of Biloxi are headed to court trying to collect more than $1 million owed to the city in rent paid by the Golden Nugget Casino Biloxi and inadvertently swept into the general fund by the state Legislature last year.

The Sun Herald reports Thursday’s hearing will be before Judge Jennifer Schloegel.

Biloxi, the Secretary of State, and the Institutions of Higher Learning — which operated the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center at Point Cadet — each receive a third of the annual rent paid by the Golden Nugget under terms of a 2002 agreement.

The city is owed $1.19 million in addition to the $1.3 million already recovered. The city also wants to recoup the back rent over the next several months, with interest and attorney fees.

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