City council to hold hearing concerning zoning for new casino

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council will hold a public hearing on Oct. 1 on a zoning change for an area west of Interstate 10 on the Back Bay for a $220 million casino.

The Sun Herald reports that developers told the council last night that new flood regulations make the 18-acre site unaffordable for residential or small business development.

Wayne Hengen, the attorney for the developers, says the 18-acre site is controlled by local property owners.

The developers have asked that the site be rezoned as waterfront, which is required for a casino.

Hengen says the Mississippi Gaming Commission will decide once the zoning change is made whether the property is a legal casino site.

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