BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - What a difference seven months makes. Last August, Margaritaville Biloxi's deck and marina area, known as Landshark Landing, was ripped apart by Isaac's storm surge and wind. Now it's back open, and just in time for warmer weather. Getting to this point was not easy.
"It was a pretty substantial challenge," said Margaritaville Biloxi President/CEO Doug Shipley. "We had to replace a lot of the planking within the docking system itself, but now it's better and safer than ever."
The rebuilt marina will play a key role.
"We have a few dozen slips out there where you can come for the day, or you can spend the evening or the weekend," Shipley explained.
A sailboat crew from Houston is doing just that. The timing was perfect with Friday's opening, according to Captain James West.
"We were going to just go to Gulfport and when I noticed that the marina was going to be open," West said. "We said, 'Let's just go a bit further' and we decided to come here."
Now that a half a million dollars has been spent repairing the Landshark Landing, what's next? Getting the word out that it's open for business.
"It's very important," said Stacey McKay, Marketing Vice-President for Margaritaville. "We have a full blown marketing campaign just for Landshark Landing: billboards, a live remote today for the opening at 4 o'clock. We are very, very excited about Landshark and it's going to be a big draw for boaters."
Shipley added what's also going to be a draw is the view.
"You can sit up and have a Cheeseburger in Paradise overlooking the shrimp boats as they are coming and going, as well as the marina."
Some of the new offerings at the Landshark Lounge will include crawfish boils every Friday evening, an expanded food menu and live music several nights a week.