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Timeline: Search for casino developer for Gulfport Harbor

SUN HERALD FILEDrawing of Alfred Dana Jr.'s proposed casino complex for the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor which would include moving Jones Park east.
SUN HERALD FILEDrawing of Alfred Dana Jr.'s proposed casino complex for the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor which would include moving Jones Park east.

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.

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

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