BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - WLOX.com has learned the new Margaritaville Casino should open on Biloxi's Back Bay by Memorial Day. That word comes from Tom Brosig, the newly named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Margaritaville property.
Brosig and his new general manager Karen Sock plan to hire as many as 1,000 people to run Margaritaville.
"This project is the culmination of years of intense planning and coordination," Brosig said. "It is very satisfying to see all of the hard work result in successfully bringing Margaritaville to the Gulf Coast. Particularly when I know that the Gulf Coast will benefit from the addition of this exciting gaming and hospitality venue and the very substantial number of new jobs that will be created."
Margaritaville is being built at the eastern tip of 5th Street. It sits on the banks of the Back Bay of Biloxi, right next to the St. Michael's Fuel and Ice House.
Brosig said the main entrance to the casino will be off of Oak Street. His designers have been asked to create a landscaped entryway so that the drive down 5th Street makes people think they're entering a tropical oasis.
Hiring Sock reunites to people who spent time together when they both worked at Grand Casino Biloxi.
"This is a tremendously exciting time for me, the Margaritaville Team and the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast as we bring a new brand of entertainment and excitement to this market," said Sock.
A news release about Margaritaville said the casino concept is a natural fit for the region. It will combine the music of Jimmy Buffett with Margaritaville's restaurants, retail shops, consumer products, hotels, casinos and Sirius XM Radio Station.
The expectation is that together, they'll be able to deliver an island experience where guests can escape to their favorite tropical destination without leaving town.