The historic Tivoli Hotel once sat between Holley and Kuhn Streets in Biloxi. In the 1920s, it was considered one of the city's premier facilities, but demolition crews tore down the storm-battered hotel after Katrina.
Developers would like to convert the 30-acre parcel of land into a $1 billion casino resort. Councilman Mike Fitzpatrick likes the idea.
"They plan on having 2,500 hotel condo rooms, 100,000 square feet of gaming, a 300 place pier, public boat launch ramp. They're going to have at least eight restaurants," Councilman Fitzpatrick said.
The City Council chamber was packed Tuesday, and plenty of people had an opinion about the proposal.
"Let's bring it back to the railroad, so we'll have a chance to sell our property and make some money," said one resident.
We have a lot of property already zoned for gaming. Let's get rid of it before we start doing other things," another resident said.
"I'm here to offer my support, and say let's have a public hearing," said another resident.
"I think rezoning a piece of property across from the public sand beach is going to open up a flood gate," said one man who is a member of the Biloxi Yacht Club.
The area would have to be rezoned to waterfront to allow casino gaming. That zoning change would be a first, since the property is across the street from a public sand beach. All other onshore casinos own property adjacent to the Gulf.
The council voted to ask the planning commission to hold a public hearing. That should take place in the next month.