Commission Reviewing Margaritaville Plans

Previously shelved plans to build a Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant in Biloxi, Miss., are to be reviewed by the Mississippi Gaming Commission April 7.

Jimmy Buffett and a group of developers seek the commission’s approval for the design and financing of a $48 million resort and casino project, according to the Sun Herald.

Officials in Biloxi have approved the project, which includes an event center, shops, outdoor dining area and marina.

Buffett originally partnered with Harrah’s Entertainment in 2007 to build a $700 million casino on the beach. However, Harrah’s nixed that project in 2008 because of the down economy and area market conditions.

Should the gaming commission approve, Buffett and Co. will have the green light to proceed with construction. Developers originally set a goal of breaking ground in March and opening by year’s end.