BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A musical theme park, five hotels, an outdoor amphitheater and a variety of retail. That's what developer Glenn Miller envisions for the 1,200 acres he owns near the intersection of Highways 15 and 67. As promised, he took his preliminary plans to the Biloxi City Council on Tuesday.
"We think this is one of the best pieces of property down on the Gulf Coast. And it's right in the path of growth," said Glenn Miller, as he presented his vision to a full house at the Biloxi City Council meeting.
The showcase of his development is a musical theme park called Mississippi Sound.
"We're really working hard and we're real close to getting this musical venue mixed with a bunch of theme park stuff. We've got a 500 unit hotel planned right here with a convention center. Plus, we've got four other hotel sites lined up and down 67," Miller explained.
"I've lived out there all my life," said Robin Parker. "We don't try to stop development. The highway came, took a home of ours."
She said it may be a fine development, but she needs to protect her home from things like future drainage issues on the land.
"And if you allow this development to come in there and all of this gets filled in and take away the wetlands our property drains off to, we're going to be in a flood zone," Parker told the council.
Miller told the council he's working with interested groups in California and Pennsylvania to help finance the ambitious development.
"If you build a four story building up on the north end of this property, you'll be able to see the water," Miller exclaimed.
Among the retail elements will be a Trader Village, a flea market type development that's been successful in Texas.
Miller says location is perhaps the biggest positive with his proposed project.
"Interstate 10, it connects several different states. It's just easy to get to, a great location, great trade area," he said.
The council took no action since it was a first reading for the recommended zoning that would allow such a development.