Friday, May 24 2013 6:49 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:49:03 GMT
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengersMore >>
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengers visited several attractions including the Biloxi lighthouse and the visitors center. The Grande Caribe set sail from New Orleans and will continue on until it reaches St. Petersburg. Crew members said it's the stops along the way that makes these small cruises stand out.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:07:07 GMT
"Study the past if you would define the future." Those words were once said by Confucius and those are the words the Historical Society of Gulfport strives toward for its city. Wednesday, that societyMore >>
Hoping to highlight Gulfport's history, members will be making that building a museum and welcome center for the city.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
Landry's Inc. got the signatures it needed today to buy the Isle Biloxi. The city of Biloxi signed leases with Landry's Thursday morning, and the Secretary of State was expected to approve a tidelands agreement before the end of the day. Those deals paved the way for Landry's to pay the Isle $45 million and take over the Point Cadet casino.
Landry's will eventually rename the property Golden Nugget Biloxi.
The buyer and seller closed on the deal today by completing the final order of business which involved signing a series of leases. Thursday's move opens the door for Landry's to start a $150 million renovation of the property and begin a new era in the gaming industry in east Biloxi.
With a unanimous vote, a special meeting of the Biloxi City Council paved the way for transfer of ownership of the Isle casino to Landry's Inc. The deal closes with Landry's assuming responsibility for a variety of leases on the property.
Jeff Cantwell is the senior vice president of development for Landry's.
"We needed to get one of our landlord's consent which is the city of Biloxi to the assignment of the leases," Cantwell said. "This is a step in the process. We'll be getting final approval from the state and later today our gaming licenses. The transaction closes today and then we'll be operating the Isle as Landry's. We'll start renovation early next year."
Now that the T's have been crossed and the I's dotted, Landry's will pick up the pace on an ambitious renovation. The $150 million makeover includes updating hotel rooms, creating new casino areas and adding other amenities including a variety of restaurants. The project is now on the fast track.
"We have a 14 month construction schedule. The project will be completed in 2014," said Cantwell. "We'll have the casino re-branded as the Golden Nugget by the summer of 2013."
Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway is thrilled over this deal being completed, and with the impending opening of the Golden Nugget.
"This is huge for Biloxi and the gaming industry in the state. We're very excited about what's happening here today," the mayor said.
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