BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Margaritaville's plans to expand could be put on hold. The Secretary of State's Office has revealed other plans for that land.
Earlier this month, Margaritaville's developers announced plans to build Margaritaville phase two with an estimated cost of $140 million. Michael Cavanaugh, attorney for the Barrington Group, presented those drawings at a Biloxi City Council meeting.
The 23-acre site in question is in need of a zoning change before the developer can move forward.
Mayor FoFo Gilich met with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann on Oct. 6. Gilich learned the state has plans for that property to develop a future casino site.
Secretary of State's counsel requested Gilich withdraw the request for a zoning change before the Oct. 20 hearing before the Biloxi Planning Commission.
In response, Gilich sent a three-page letter to the Secretary of State's Office detailing why the coast market is in need of more family friendly attractions. He also states gaming revenue is flat, and the Margaritaville expansion is the better option for the property.
In the letter, Gilich requests the Secretary of State's Office withdraw its objections to the zoning change.
The planning commission will host a public hearing this Thursday at 2:00 pm and the Martin Luther King Municipal building in Biloxi.
You can read Gilich's full letter to Hosemann here: