Round two of the contest of wills between the city and Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich favoring plans for an amusement park adjacent to Margaritaville Resort Biloxi and Hosemann making a case keeping the location as a casino site.
On Thursday, the Biloxi Planning Commission is scheduled to again consider a request from the city to rezone 20 acres around Margaritaville Resort Biloxi to a classification that will prohibit a casino. The commission unanimously approved the request last month, but Hosemann objected, saying he wasn’t notified of the hearing and that several parcels fall under tidelands regulations.Gilich met with Hosemann in Biloxi on Oct. 6 and said the zoning change is a key to allowing family entertainment projects on land that should be available at non-casino market values.
Gilich revealed Monday that Hosemann wants Biloxi to postpone Thursday’s hearing to give him time to present “a potentially competing project on the same site.”
“While we certainly respect your idea about creating another casino site on land claimed by the state, there is no developer ready to invest at this time.” Gilich said in a letter to Hosemann.
Gilich also revealed that Broaddus Planning created a “Mississippi Secretary of State Coastal Land Use Site Capacity Study.” Gilich said Hosemann has declined to share that plan with the city.