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Tax breaks could bring bowling, arcade, hotel to Biloxi's beachfront

Big Play currently runs a miniature golf course and a go cart course on the corner of Highway 90 and Veterans Avenue. (Photo source: WLOX) Big Play currently runs a miniature golf course and a go cart course on the corner of Highway 90 and Veterans Avenue. (Photo source: WLOX)
The plan presented to city leaders is to add bowling alley and an arcade to that location. (Photo source: WLOX) The plan presented to city leaders is to add bowling alley and an arcade to that location. (Photo source: WLOX)
Before Hurricane Katrina, the Biloxi diocese operated the Santa Maria del Mar as a retirement home. (Photo source: WLOX) Before Hurricane Katrina, the Biloxi diocese operated the Santa Maria del Mar as a retirement home. (Photo source: WLOX)
In recent weeks, demolition crews have gone through the Santa Maria and cleaned out a decade of debris that sat untouched since the hurricane. (Photo source: WLOX) In recent weeks, demolition crews have gone through the Santa Maria and cleaned out a decade of debris that sat untouched since the hurricane. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Biloxi city leaders on Tuesday approved an incentive package to help two developers on Highway 90.

With the tax break approved, Big Play investors might bring a bowling alley back to the beachfront. And the Barrington group can move forward with their restoration of the Santa Maria tower in downtown Biloxi.
 
Both developers hoped the incentive package would include a 100 percent tax break from the city. But the Biloxi City Council decided a smaller tax break made more sense. The tax abatement approved by the council cuts the investors’ taxes in half the next five years. 
 
The financial enticement should help Big Play developers expand the entertainment options they offer on Highway 90. And it will help turn a shuttered retirement home into a 160 room hotel.
 
Kenny Glavan is a Biloxi councilman who supported the 50 percent tax abatement package.  

"Just to see something like that come back alive, that gets the consumer confidence, the business confidence in our community. And we keep taking the right steps forward," he said.
 
Biloxi considered giving both projects a 100 percent tax break. But council members felt the mayor’s idea of cutting taxes in half was in the city’s best interests.
 
Back in the 80s and early 90s, a bowling alley sat on Highway 90.  But it closed soon after casinos became legal. 
 
Big Play currently runs a miniature golf course and a go cart course on the corner of Highway 90 and Veterans Avenue.  The plan presented to city leaders is to add bowling alley and an arcade to that location.
 
Before Hurricane Katrina, the Biloxi diocese operated the Santa Maria del Mar as a retirement home. After the 2005 storm tore through the tower, the diocese built a new retirement complex closer to Interstate 10.  In recent weeks, demolition crews have gone through the Santa Maria and cleaned out a decade of debris that sat untouched since the hurricane.

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