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New Biloxi Back Bay marina could be largest in Mississippi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Biloxi's Point Cadet is now home to what's being touted as the largest marina in Mississippi. A Louisiana developer is investing $14 million into the project on Biloxi's Back Bay.

The marina offers a one-stop destination for boaters. But plans are in the works to bring a restaurant, retail shops, water excursions and much more to the east end of town.

Imagine lounging on a deck, watching the boats go by and soaking up the beauty of Biloxi's Back Bay.

"It's certainly one of the most impressive views that you'll find on the Gulf Coast," Ray Stronsky said as he showed off the waterfront property Wednesday.

He is ready to share this spectacular view with the public. Stronsky is the managing partner of the new Biloxi Boardwalk Marina and Dry Storage at the end of Eighth Street.

"We're very excited about it. We opened the office about two weeks ago and we probably signed about 20, 24 leases already," said Stronsky. "I think we're going to offer something that nobody has here on the Coast right now."

The 60,000 square foot dry-dock building can hold up to 300 boats. The building used to be the old Pelican Point Marina, which was destroyed by Katrina.

Outside, wet slips provide room for 100 vessels. Here, boaters can enjoy music playing along every pier, wi-fi access and faster fuel-ups.

"We also have the high volume fuel dispensers, which will be the first in Mississippi that'll pump up to 65 gallons a minute," said Stronsky.

And that's not all. The next phase includes a restaurant and bar that offers a casual dining experience.  Across from it, a retail center will house bait and tackle shops, marine repair and supplies, and a boat store.  Plus, an RV park will go up close to the water.

"The people with the RV park can come, they can rent a pontoon boat, they can go deep sea fishing, with a tackle shop and everything," said Stronsky. "It's a complete destination marina that can offer something for everybody."

Stronsky said the 10 acre development will lure more visitors and businesses to Back Bay.

"After Katrina, this whole Back Bay has been desolate. There's nothing going on back here," Stronsky said. "I think with the Margaritaville Casino being built with what we're doing here, I think it's going to spark a lot of additional development on Back Bay."

The marina is scheduled to open by December 15. The restaurant, retail center and RV park projects still need approval from the city. The developer, Chris Ferrara of Louisiana, owns nearly 70 acres of property on the Point.

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