The numbers are in and the City of Biloxi's sales tax revenues for April were more than one million dollars for the first time since hurricane Katrina, but sales tax revenues aren't the only thing Biloxi has going for them. According to Development Director, Jerry Creel, the city has plenty in the works.
Big things are coming to Biloxi, at least that’s what Creel told the Biloxi Rotary Club at their weekly luncheon Tuesday. A major indicator of that is the amount of sales tax revenues the city saw this April. Creel says, "Normally, when we go over a million dollars, it’s in July or maybe August when tourism is at its height, so we're really excited about April's numbers and we hope it’s just a sign for good things to come." One of the most anticipated projects in Biloxi is of course the baseball stadium. Even as construction has come to a halt, Creel says the new bidders, who will be chosen in July, are all capable of 24/7 crews. Creel also says, "We're gonna’ be pushing to meet that deadline for opening day next season, so hopefully when the new bids are accepted, the bidder that does get the job will have the ability to go 24/7 and save us some penalties.”
Creel says to keep your eye out for hotels and resorts popping up along Highway 90. For instance, the White House Hotel opens July 21st. Creel also says, "I think you’re gonna’ see a number of hotels along Highway 90. We're in talks with about a half a dozen who want to locate that. I think they see tourism is coming back and they want to be a part of that." According to Creel, two major restaurants are in the works along Highway 90 as well, right by Shaggy's and the Crab House, which will offer plenty of delicious options for visitors and locals alike.
Creel says another thing to look for this summer is the phase one construction of the casino loop, which will provide better access to Back Bay casinos and move along the Biloxi Boardwalk Project.