Bad Sign for Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi

posted January 20th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

4 Comments »
by Josh

The Margaritaville Casino and Resort project in Biloxi, Mississippi has been on hold since 2008 and it now appears that construction will not get under way again anytime soon:

The construction cranes are about to be taken down at the site of the stagnant Margaritaville project on Biloxi’s Casino Row.

Harrah’s executive John Payne called WLOX News Wednesday to let us know that over the next few weeks, the cranes would be disassembled. However, Payne emphasized that his company still intends to find new partners and complete the Margaritaville expansion.

Payne said the idle cranes cost Harrah’s $10,000 a month. Since they’re not being used, the company determined it would be more cost effective to remove them from the east Biloxi property.

The developers have been looking for partners since at least November of last year.

Unveiled in 2007, the original plans called for a $700 million resort with 798 rooms, a full-service spa, a pool/deck area with cabanas, bar and tropical landscaping, all on 46 acres of land south of U. S. Highway 90.

A plan to turn the Trump Marina Casino in Atlantic City into a Margaritaville-themed casino and hotel fell through in June of last year.


Tagged in Business Empire, Casinos, Margaritaville Casinos

  • http://therealdogtalk.com Bubba Ross

    Good! Does Jimmy really need to be in the sleazy casino business anyway. How much money is enough money? It’s bad enough that Margaritaville (Key West) has turned from a cool experience to another tourist trap food chain.

  • HB

    No, not good! As a Jimmy Buffet fan and Gulf Coast resident I was looking forward to the opening of the Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi! This casino would have meant new jobs for area residents at a time when the US economy is struggling and people are out of work. I really don’t know why Bubba Ross claims that the Casino business is sleazy. I have been to many nice casinos, and I do not find them sleazy at all. In fact many have world class restaurants and high end shopping….I really hope work continues on Margaritaville very soon! I enjoy going to the Margaritaville in New Orleans, but it would be really nice to be able to stay at a Margaritaville resort.

  • Gibu

    I really wish they would finish this project or demolish it. As a resident I deeply resent the eyesore they have left us with. We have 26 miles of beautiful beaches and then this mess just before you leave the county. The connecting grand casino’s walkways to nowhere and towering concrete and steel just rusting away, blocking the ocean view. Thanks Jimmy…..

  • Gibu

    I really wish they would finish this project or demolish it. As a resident I deeply resent the eyesore they have left us with. We have 26 miles of beautiful beaches and then this mess just before you leave the county. The connecting grand casino’s walkways to nowhere and towering concrete and steel just rusting away, blocking the ocean view. Thanks Jimmy…..

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