Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant Opens in Biloxi
By Keith Burton - GCN 5/23/12
Photos By: Deborah Heylman - GCN
Additional Photos from: City of Biloxi - Vincent Creel
Jimmy Buffett has long been a Coast favorite and his popularity drew a huge crowd for the opening of his new Casino. More than 4,000 VIP's were invited Tuesday for the 5 p.m. gala opening, which included a free Buffett performance outside.
The new casino is located just north of the Palace Casino and overlooks the Biloxi Bay with a striking view of the graceful Biloxi Bay Bridge. The building is larger than it looks from a distance and has a well-designed tropical theme both out and inside.
While VIP's opened the property at 5 p.m., the public was allowed entry at around 7:30 p.m. and filled the large parking lot that leads to the casino. In addition, numerous boaters docked at the waterfront side of the property to enjoy the outside concert and music.
Here are a few photos of the event:
Margaritaville opening: All things Biloxi
It was, Mayor A.J. Holloway says, a flashback to the excitement of the early days of legalized gambling in Biloxi, when thousands stood in line to see all of the bright lights and amenities on opening day for multi-million-dollar casino resorts. Tuesday afternoon's grand opening of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant, complete with a VIP party headlined by the Jolly Mon himself, was all about Biloxi.
"It was great," Holloway said. "You had Jimmy Buffett pointing to Jake Mladinich, (GCN Photo Right) who gave him his first job. You had the great backdrop of the Biloxi Bay Bridge, and the dozens of boats anchored in the bay listening to the music. You had almost a thousand people at new Margaritaville jobs, and 20,000 guests passing through the doors in the first 12 hours of the opening."It just doesn't get much better than that."
Photos: To see more than 150 additional images shot by Vincent Creel from the VIP party and opening, click here
More info: To visit the Margaritaville Biloxi web site, click here
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