Timeline: Search for casino developer for Gulfport Harbor
July 29, 1993: Donald Trump announce plans to build a $45 million casino at Gulfport's Small Craft Harbor, saying he will lease waterfront property from Marine Life Oceanarium.
Oct. 26, 1993: Gulfport City Council agrees to lease land to Trump for parking. That caps a week in which council members reject Trump's offer, then change their minds after Marine Life threatens to leave the city and Trump offers to build a new waterfront park and fishing pier. Feb. 17, 1994: Mississippi Gaming Commission grants Trump site approval. June 5, 1995: New Jersey Casino Control Commission endorses a Trump financial plan that would raise money to renovate his Trump Plaza Hotel Casino in Atlantic City. June 14, 1995: Trump sends a letter to Marine Life's Moby Solangi that effectively ends Trump's interest in the Gulfport site.
Jan. 28, 1999: Florida developer Alfred Dana Jr. proposes The Millennium resort with a casino barge, twin 50-story hotel towers, four condominium towers, an office tower, a retail center and a 300-slip marina that would mean moving Jones Park.
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April 1, 1999: After hearing public opposition to its proposal for a huge casino resort, the development group says it will scale down its plans before coming back to the city.
Sept. 8, 1999: Gulfport council decrees there will be no commercial development in Jones Park -- at least until the council's term expires in July 2001. Feb. 22, 2002: Gulfport wins the right to keep Jones Park when a federal judge dismisses a lawsuit intended to return the waterfront property to the heirs of Grace Jones Stewart.
Aug. 16, 2012: Gaming Commission grants Rotate Black approval to proceed with a casino project in Gulfport.
Jan. 17, 2013: Gaming Commission grants Rotate Black a 90-day extension for development.
Feb. 2013: Gaming Commission adopts more-stringent requirements for casino development but gives Rotate Black and other casinos with site approval six months to finalize plans and financing under existing requirements.
April 17, 2013: Extension expires.
Dec. 16, 2013: Rotate Black MS submits updated application to renew approval to proceed with development.
Dec. 30, 2013: Gaming Commission gives Rotate Black permission to proceed, with April 1 deadline to close on financing and pay creditors.
April 1, 2014: Rotate Black's deadline passes without financial agreements.
Jan. 26, 2016: Developers propose $140 million casino project