Biloxi Planning Commission Approves RW Development

BILOXI (WLOX) -- Back in the 1960s, the Biloxi Strip - located between Rodenburg and Veterans Avenues - had a little something for everyone, even if it wasn't all legal.

"That sign says two bands, floor show, and $1.50 buffet," RW Development attorney Mike Cavanaugh said. "I can assure you there was non-regulatory compliant gaming going on in this building."

"That was the strip," RW Development spokesperson Reed Guice said. "That is where the entire nation came for entertainment."

And Guice believes the future Biloxi Strip could be even greater.

"When you combine all of the projects that RW Development has - South Beach is coming up out of the ground, Veterans Avenue back north of the railroad tracks where they're going to have over a thousand work force housing units, along with retail and hotels as well. And then when you add this project, yes, you're getting close to $2 billion in investment."

Their latest project is the Gold Coast Casino Resort. RW representatives went before the Biloxi Planning Commission Thursday to request a series of zoning changes needed to move the project forward.

"This is an area where a casino should be," Guice said. "The city fathers wanted a casino there in the first place in 1993."

Maybe that's one reason why, after much support and little opposition was voiced, the planning commission overwhelming approved the project. But it still needs the approval of the city and the state.

"We hope the city fathers will agree. And when we go to Jackson, that the gaming commission, I know, will give us a fair hearing, and we look forward to what they have to say," Guice said. "To think that that area can be the strip again is pretty exciting."

Also at Thursday's meeting, the commission approved a rezoning request for IP Casino Resort. It opens the door for the casino's eventual move onto dry land south of its present location.