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Old 06-09-2012, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I was in Biloxi for a well deserved vacation a year or so before Katrina. I was on the casino ships. The top employees stated there was a Captain and full crew on board 24/7, and ships could move if it was warranted.

Did the ships move and how well did they fare?
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Old 06-09-2012, 02:23 PM
 
Location: The South
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They were barges and the whole fleet was destroyed by Katrina. The casino's were not going to build back unless they could build on land. Gov. Haley Barbour pushed thru legislation to allow the casinos to build up to 850 feet inland and I believe all have rebuilt.
I don't know about a Captain and crew.
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Old 06-09-2012, 03:41 PM
 
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I just returned from the coast. The casinos have been rebuilt. The only hotel right on the beach is South Beach Hotel. The souviner shop with the sharkhead one walks through is being rebuilt and scheduled to open soon. I don't know about any captain either...i do know I had fun in Biloxi. We were there for the blessing of the fleet.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:35 AM
 
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Thank you. I am so sorry. Apparently the employees were lied to . I guess ignorance is bliss. I was under the impression the ships were akin to retrofitted, retired small, cruise ships - not barges tied at dock. I know something about river barges. What I don't know is if a barge that is say five cars wide and twelve cars long carrying 500 ton being pushed by a tug could [a] move fast enough to get out of the way, or [b] could batten down and withstand a EF5 storm in open water.

Joplin, MO was hit by an EF5 tornado, I was there this past fall and it was a ghost town where the storm passed through.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:38 AM
 
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Does anyone know how Biloxi is doing today? It seems like it has a pretty good Mayor and MS has a pretty good pro-active Governor in times of trouble.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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Does anyone know how Biloxi is doing today? It seems like it has a pretty good Mayor and MS has a pretty good pro-active Governor in times of trouble.
It's doing pretty good. The rebuilding is coming along slowly but surely.

Biloxi's sister city to the North, D'Iberville, is doing REALLY good. Tons of new businesses have built there since Katrina. There's also an Ocean Expo Aquarium & Learning Center being built just off I-110 South.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:01 AM
 
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Just saw your post about Biloxi, so this is late. But those casino barges certainly did move during Katrina, albeit independently of any "captain" and "crew." The Grand's casino barge crushed the Ohr Museum. The President's barge landed on a Holiday Inn. Another barge leveled part of the historic Tivoli Hotel. The state has since reconsidered its location restrictions on gambling establishments, and I believe there are now twelve casinos open on the coast.

I'm pretty new to Biloxi, but I am seeing more signs of construction, renovation, and economic recovery. The baseball park scheduled for construction close to the beach near Beau Rivage and I-110 is jumpstarting plans for redevelopment of the surrounding area - retail, restaurants, and a new music venue. Things seem to be looking up.
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