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Efforts to revitalize downtown Biloxi coming together

GCDS presented a slideshow to Biloxi city council members (Image Source: WLOX News) GCDS presented a slideshow to Biloxi city council members (Image Source: WLOX News)
Fat Tuesday's Daiquiri Bar by Boomtown opens in Biloxi (Image Source: WLOX News) Fat Tuesday's Daiquiri Bar by Boomtown opens in Biloxi (Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Fat Tuesday Daiquiri Bar by Boomtown Casino is officially open. It's located across from the Beau Rivage and just a short walk from the future home of the Biloxi Shuckers.

“We've always been good corporate partners with the city, but for us to be able to step out and really be one of the first, it's a great feeling. We're leading the way,” said Jeff Zaffron, who is executive vice president

Plans to revitalize the downtown area are gaining more traction. The idea to create a highly accessible and inviting downtown environment is becoming more of a priority as the city prepares to welcome hundreds, if not thousands, to downtown for Shuckers games.

“We realized that with all the projects that are going on in Biloxi, the park coming, the revitalization of the downtown area, that we could add another dimension to this area,” said acting Biloxi Mayor and Councilman Felix Gines.

He is happy to see that a local casino, like Boomtown, is staking a claim during this time of downtown growth.

“The cornerstone has already been set with the baseball park. We have great interest that's been shown here. We got Sal and Mookie's that's coming up right around the corner, and this is just a great time to be part of Biloxi,” said Gines.

The city council got a presentation from the Gulf Coast Design Studio, with sketches of how to beautify the Vieux Marche and surrounding areas to make downtown an attraction in itself.

They say the city is looking at an estimated $10 million for everything. That's a hefty price tag, especially with the financial burden of a $36 million stadium.

“We're going to look at all options from people. We have downtown main street division who are looking at the possibility of writing grants. We're looking at federal dollars, and also with the city matching them into getting this done,” said Gines.

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