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Margaritaville to reopen this weekend after Hurricane Nate damaged building

People gather round games at Margaritaville Resort Biloxi, which will reopen Sunday, Oct. 15, a week after crews repair much of the damage caused by Hurricane Nate on Oct. 7 and 8.
People gather round games at Margaritaville Resort Biloxi, which will reopen Sunday, Oct. 15, a week after crews repair much of the damage caused by Hurricane Nate on Oct. 7 and 8. Sun Herald file

Margaritaville Resort Biloxi had “substantial damage” from Hurricane Nate but will reopen on Sunday.

The opening is scheduled for 11 a.m., with about half of the hotel rooms open and all of its amenities ready for guests.

“Due to damage from the wind and water, we lost our elevators and escalators, and were fearful that we might have been closed until mid-November,” said Margaritaville spokesman Cono Caranna.

“After some due diligence, we learned we can make some repairs that will enable us to utilize two of our elevators and reopen about 170 of our rooms,” he said. “Everything else will be ready to go and we’re happy to welcome back employees and guests.”

Barrington Development also owns White House Hotel in Biloxi and is transforming the former Santa Maria del Mar retirement home on U.S. 90 in Biloxi into the Watermark Hotel downtown. It’s also creating a Margaritaville Resort in Vicksburg.

Margaritaville opened 16 months ago after remodeling and expanding the former Casino Magic Biloxi that had been closed since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It has several restaurants and bars, a rooftop water park and a 55,000 square foot indoor Escape entertainment center with 500 games, a ropes course, climbing wall and other attractions.

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