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Biloxi council wants to know more about waterfront plan

The Biloxi City Council had the first reading on rezoning the land around Margaritaville Resort but slowed down action on the proposed waterfront plan. The Sun Herald reports the council voted unanimously Tuesday to table the first reading and hold a public hearing to get more information about what the plan involves, the cost and possible funding. City Attorney Gerald ...

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Mississippi casino revenue rises strongly in September

Mississippi casinos raked in the chips from gamblers in September, with statewide casino revenue increasing nearly 4 percent. Figures released by the state Revenue Department show casinos won $171 million from gamblers in September, up from $165 million in September 2015. Gamblers lost $98 million at the 12 coastal casinos, up 7 percent from last September. It’s the 23nd increase ...

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Biloxi planning panel tables rezoning around Margaritaville

The Biloxi Planning Commission has delayed a hearing on the rezoning of land around the Margaritaville Resort. The Sun Herald reports five minutes before the planning commission meeting Thursday, a decision was reached between attorneys for the city and the Secretary of State’s Office to slow down the rezoning process. The planners meet again on Nov. 3. The planning commission ...

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Rezoning near Margaritaville could cost Coast millions

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the Mississippi Gulf Coast will lose millions of dollars in tax revenue if Biloxi’s proposal to rezone 20 acres of waterfront property where Margaritaville developers want to build a $140 million expansion. Hosemann says rezoning the property and leasing it for only $2 per square-foot would result in the Coast losing $25 million. Local ...

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Biloxi budget approval vote set for Sept. 20

The Biloxi City Council has questioned the budget for the coming year that has the city spending $60.4 million while taking in revenue of $57.3 million. The Sun Herald reports Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said Tuesday the administration expects to start the fiscal year Oct. 1 with a $5 million balance. Gilich expects to end the fiscal year with $1.9 million ...

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Developers look at Long Beach for new casino

Developers are looking at Long Beach as a possible casino site and have made an offer to buy the city’s yacht club. The Sun Herald reports the company was registered with the Secretary of State in May and lists James Parrish, owner of The Inn at Magnolia Alley in Bay St. Louis and other businesses in South Mississippi, as manager. ...

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Natchez officials hope casino can help with city’s cash woes

Natchez city officials are asking Magnolia Bluffs Casino to pay one-quarter of its annual lease payment in advance so the city can pay employees and its bills on time. The Natchez Democrat reports that Ward 1 Alderwoman Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis told the Natchez Board of Aldermen at a Tuesday meeting the city does not have enough cash to pay employees or the ...

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Developers of Gulfport Harbor casino want lower rent

The developers of a proposed harbor casino don’t want to pay their full rent of $80,000 a month. The Sun Herald reports Mississippi Coast Entertainment LP will request a rent reduction to $40,000 for August and September. Steve Hendrix, attorney for property owner Gulfport Redevelopment Commission, says the city council is expected to consider the request Tuesday. Virginia attorney Robert ...

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New Gulfport Harbor casino could be delayed

Developers of a Gulfport Harbor casino want to delay by two months the timeline they told city officials they would meet for final Gaming Commission approval and the start of construction. The Sun Herald reports the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission, which owns a portion of the harbor property where the casino would be built, will consider the request at a meeting ...

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Biloxi: Casino rent belongs in our pockets

Biloxi city attorneys have argued that more than $1 million of casino rent money that was put into the state’s general fund defies a court settlement that mandates the money be paid to the city. The Sun Herald reports city representatives squared off against an attorney for the Secretary of State’s office during a court hearing in Hancock County Chancery ...

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