tombarnes

Biloxi and the Coast

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At this point, I think most of them are grateful for anything with four walls and a roof. It's depressing to think that many are still living in the ruins of their houses or are in some sort of shelter or hotel rooms. The disconnect between promises and reality of the Gulf Coast is shocking. I'm sure the same could be said for New Orleans and its suburbs as well, but the total devastation along the Coast doesn't seem to be grasped by many outside the area.

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At this point, I think most of them are grateful for anything with four walls and a roof. It's depressing to think that many are still living in the ruins of their houses or are in some sort of sheleter or hotel rooms.

It's depressing for me to think about how my life is coming back together so quickly, about how I have my power and all of my luxuries back, while only 30 miles away from me people are still suffering.

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We'll see if this project pops up on another piece of prime property.

Do you think this could happen, Tom?

I wouldn't be suprised at all.

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I think it is very likely to happen. The question simply remains as to where it will be located. Of course the project could disappear in a puff of smoke, but I think they want to build in Biloxi. The city should not be accepting every offer which comes down the pike. The property Landry's wanted to build on will likely go to the Isle of Capri. I am sure they made their desires known to the City Council and that was the end of the matter.

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From the Orlando Business Journal.....

http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/stories.../12/story6.html

The Hard Rock Hotel in Biloxi will be rebuilt, but it must have been agonizing for the architects to come so close to the grand opening, only to have much of their work washed away with the tides. A bit of irony...

"An outside canopy was designed to appear as if it were jammed into the facade by high winds."

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From the Sun Herald...

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/13402585.htm

The point raised in the article about Natalee Holloway receiving more coverage than the victims of Katrina is most telling. It seems that the Coast (and New Orleans,m to a certain extent) have indeed been forgotten in the national consciousness.

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The depth of the suffering and the height of the courage of South Mississippians is an incredible story that the American people must know. But, in the shadows of the New Orleans story, the Mississippi Coast has become invisible and forgotten to most Americans.

This seems to becoming more and more clear. While I am happy that New Orleans is still a very important story in the National Media, I am not happy that Mississippi is not.

New Orleans is obvisouly the most important city to the western gulf coast, but that of course does not mean that it should get all of the press.

I remember last year, while Hurricane Ivan was about to make landfall, CNN cut from it's Alabama and Florida coverage, and switched to New Orleans, which at the time was getting a light drizzle. They then ran a story about what would happen if Ivan were to hit New Orleans, while at the time everyone knew the storm wasn't going there. Once the story ended, they went back to the lanfall coverage. :rolleyes:

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It is a shame that there hasn't been more focus on other areas like southern Mississippi. But I think New Orleans is mainlt focused on because it's the largest population area that was hit so badly.

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We shall see how much Congress remembers the entire region later this week. Regional thinking is needed in the area, not merely looking after the interests of one's own state or city. The Coast should be connected to New Orleans in more ways than by car. The current disaster is an opportunity to strengthen the cultural ties of the region.

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Wow!

What great news for Biloxi!

I know that the Sheraton New Orleans has 1100 Hotel rooms, that is one of the three biggest hotels in the city. It is also 47 stories tall. So if this hotel in Biloxi goes verticaly, it could be extremely tall!

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I would bet it will go horizontally- probably not much more than 30 stories. Keesler Air Force Base will have a lot to say if they try to build higher than the Beau Rivage. It will be interesting to see how fast they get a rendering of this project out there.

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Hey guys, I ran across a rendering for a development in Biloxi called the "Portofino on the Broadwater Resort". Does anyone know anything about this project and provide any info? The rendering makes for a very good looking development!!!!

Here is the site to the architectural firm's site providing the rendering, (You would have to go to the "Portfolio" section of the site. The development is approxiately the 17th development at the bottom).

http://adache.com/

Here is a pdf file to an article from the architect's website regarding the development with the rendering ( article on page 2 of the pdf newsletter)

http://adache.com/content/AdacheNSL1.pdf

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Great stuff there. I am sorry they won't be keeping any of the original Broadwater, but most of it was destroyed by Katrina anyway. I look forward to seeing it progress into reality.

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The Imperial Palace, always the dowdy little sister of Biloxi casinos, has been given an interior makeover by the Friedmutter Group. There aren't any pictures yet, but this is an article from the Sun-Herald outlining a few of the changes. I was to have stayed here once, but I left after seeing the room. It seems as though the IP will have a brief moment in the sun as the market leader until the BEau Rivage and other casinos are back on line. THey are also abbreviating the Imperial Palace name and marketing themselves as the IP, rather like the abreviated name at Treasure Island. Given the poor reputation of the Imperial Palace name, I can see why they might be doing this. I am curious to see what sort of job they have done with the inside. There was almost nowhere to go but up.

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/13428724.htm

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