Margaritaville will bring an amusement and water park, new details show

Margaritaville will bring an amusement and water park, new details show

BY MARY PEREZ

Plans have grown to $200 million for an expansion of Margaritaville Resort Biloxi.

The project by Biloxi Lodging LLC will bring more hotel rooms, restaurants and meeting space to East Biloxi along with what South Mississippi residents have clamored for since Hurricane Katrina destroyed so many family attractions — an amusement park with a giant Ferris wheel, plus a water park.

A development agreement will go to the Biloxi Council on Tuesday. The project includes:

▪ A hotel tower on the south side of U.S. 90 with about 360 hotel rooms, 60,000 square feet of convention space, restaurants and food venues

▪ A hotel tower on the north side with 160 rooms plus restaurants

▪ An amusement park with multiple rides and amenities next to the current Margaritaville Resort Biloxi with a parking deck underneath.

▪ A water park on the north side of the highway.

The memorandum of understanding the Biloxi Council will consider on Tuesday includes establishing a tax increment financing (TIF) district to help pay for infrastructure once the project is built and a Sales Tax Tourism Rebate through Mississippi Development Authority. Work is expected to begin next year.

A TIF district in that area of Point Cadet could provide for improvements beyond Margaritaville, and include improvements to the marina, public boardwalks, shuttle boats to Deer Island and a parking deck financed by the developer, the city or both.

The hotel and amusement park project at Margaritaville was held up for about two years until the developers and Secretary of State came to an agreement on Tidelands property that will be used for the development to the west of the current Margaritaville.

The developer previously estimated the new amusement park and hotels will bring more than 1 million new visitors a year to Biloxi and create about 700 new jobs.

Residents, business operators applaud potential development of East Biloxi

Residents, business operators applaud potential development of East Biloxi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - On Tuesday, the Biloxi City Council could make the first step toward making East Biloxi a major tourism destination. And, so far, at least, residents and businesses are loving the idea.

For club manager Julie Dubaz, this new development idea won’t just help keep her stock filled, it could bring the Point Cadet area back to the way it should be.

“This is where everybody started with the shrimp factories, it’s where the casinos started,” she said. “My family had a factory before Camille. So, they really do need to bring some stuff down here to bring some more people and bring this back to life.”

Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich wants to give the Point an economic shove with a $150 million convention center complex aimed at creating new jobs and revenue. One of the potential sites is the Tullis Toledano Manor location.

Dubaz is not only the manager for Club Veaux on Oak Street, she’s also a life-long resident of the area.

“I’m Yugoslavian and Italian, so, this is pretty much where they call came over and started from,” she said. “This is where our heritage is. So, it’s better to bring it back.”

This week, the city council will consider a resolution that would launch a feasibility study with a development group called BBR Biloxi.

Tyron Adams said bring it on.

“I’m 100 percent for it,” he said. “I saw them talking about it last night, and I’m ready for them to go forward. The sooner, the better. ... My family has been around here for 100 years and everything’s getting better after Katrina and I’m glad to see things come back.”

John King has lived at the Point his whole life and wants to see the best for his community.

“Well, down on this end now, which there’s nothing left after Katrina, anything would be best,” he said. “The Point is very important. It’s the east end of Biloxi and we need to bring it back.”

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Written By: Kati Viola, Realtor 

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