Biloxi leaders discuss new Broadwater resort

Excitement is building over a new development primed to bring jobs and more entertainment to the Coast.

State, local, and county officials gathered at the Biloxi Visitor’s Center for an announcement that Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich says can be transformational for the City of Biloxi. “How do I feel? You know me, enthusiastic and excited, they are understatements.”

Along with Atlanta and Orlando, Biloxi will be home to a UMusic Resort at the site of the historic Broadwater Hotel and Marina. The $1.2 billion project is a partnership between Dakia U-Ventures and Universal Music Group. Developers say the 266-acre property will feature next generation technology throughout. Dakia U-Ventures Chairman Robert Lavia said, “From virtual reality to augmented reality to artificial intelligence and holograms and much more, wherever you look, you’ll be wowed.”

Featuring a large indoor concert venue, casino space, golf course, and hotel rooms featured in the development, state leaders are confident it will help with job creation and more revenue for the Coast. Governor Tate Reeves said, “2500 permanent jobs in phase one alone, more than 1,000 construction jobs, more than 1.15 billion dollars in capital investment. That’s the kind of bold project that we need here in our great state and on this beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

While there is a lot of work to be done ahead of the start of construction in 2021 and projected completion in 2023, Mayor Gilich and others are hopeful the site will play an important role in the entertainment scene for Biloxi. “The team has studied a lot of the pros and cons and I’m confident that things will move forward.”

Governor Reeves said, “And this resort will not just be a great tribute to Mississippi’s legacy, it will be a tremendous resource for our future.”

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