Work to Remove Katrina Debris From Broadwater Property Gets Underway
by Keith Burton - GCN Filed 8/10/06
For decades before the Coast had casinos, it was the Broadwater that shined as the Coast's premiere resort. With its huge marina, and later two golf courses, the site was the vacation spot of choice for many visitors. Later, the Broadwater became the President Casino, and now, it awaits a new future.
Work crews have begun tearing down and removing all of the property's structures and the debris left nearly a year ago from Hurricane Katrina. The work is expect to take nearly 90 days, a short time considering all of the buildings on the site. The debris at the marina will also be removed, that work includes numerous concrete canopies that once covered yachts at the harbor.
The future of the property is bright, but it will take some time. Several developers are eyeing the property, which was bought prior to Katrina.
Gulf Coast businessmen Cotton Fore and Roy Anderson III, partners in Broadwater Development LLC, purchased the President Casino Broadwater Resort in 2005.
The Broadwater site is huge and extends from the beach to Pass Road in Biloxi. Proposals for the site have included several casinos, a huge condominium city within-a-city complex that includes high rise buildings both where the current marina sits and across the north side of Highway 90. The proposals also include surrounding a new golf course with a huge residential and shopping village.
But like everything, the first thing to do is to remove the debris and wreckage of the Broadwater that remains. For many long-time residents, the Broadwater will be sorely missed.