SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - It looks like 2015 will be the year of big investments. Several major development projects are underway from renovation jobs to new construction coming out of the ground.
When it comes to attracting visitors, Biloxi is hoping to knock it out of the park in 2015. The city is building a $36 million stadium that will be home to the Shuckers baseball team.
"It's not only going to be about Biloxi, but it's going it's going to be about all of South Mississippi," said Biloxi Spokesperson Vincent Creel. "Not only is it going to be a baseball stadium, but it's going to be an entertainment venue where you're going to see thousands of people going into that park, and they're also going to be able to go to business in Downtown Biloxi."
Just down the road, workers are repairing the old Casino Magic Hotel. WLOX has learned the Hurricane Katrina damaged property has been purchased, but so far no details about the new owners or their plans for the property have been released.
Over in Gulfport, another hotel put out of commission by Katrina is getting new life. Island View Casino is investing $58 million to renovate the 405 room hotel tower on the south side of Highway 90. Casino officials say the project will also feature restaurant and retail space.
Another one of Gulfport's long time vacant properties is Centennial Plaza. City leaders said a $30 million Holiday Inn Resort will open on the west side of the 57-plus acre site.
D'Iberville is getting its first ever casino. The Scarlet Pearl is starting to take shape. The $300 million casino development includes a high rise hotel, a several restaurants, a miniature golf course Scarlet Pearl developers say they plan to open in time to ring in the new year in 2016.
Meanwhile, in Hancock County, the Silver Slipper Casino is building a six story, 142 room hotel. And in Jackson County, 2015 should bring a new Walmart and an open air mall to Gautier with about 50 stores.