The $3.5 million Broadwater Marina was two years and three months in the making, and when completed in April 1965, it was state of the art. Built 15 feet high with hurricanes in mind, newspapers at the time reported it would withstand 150 mph winds. |
With an electric hoist, covered berths, all-night security, a million-candle power lighthouse and its own weather station, Broadwater Marina was a shining star for the Broadwater Beach Hotel, opened in 1939 and refurbished in the early 1960s by Dorothy Brown, who inherited the Biloxi property from her husband.
Her nephew, T.W. Dorsett Jr., designed and oversaw construction of the marina, which he called "my baby."
Damage during Camille in 1969 was repairable, but not so for Katrina. The Aug. 29 storm left little recognizable on the 34-acre site south of Beach Boulevard.
The marina and hotel became The President Casino in 1992, and a casino barge was put inside the marina on the south end. The old hotel was closed on July 31, 2005, just weeks before Katrina, and the barge was going to be used by a casino in Hancock County.
The new owner of the 261-acre Broadwater property is Broadwater Development LLP, a partnership formed by Coast businessmen W.C. "Cotton" Fore and Roy Anderson III.
In late March, the company submitted plans for a new $1 billion Broadwater Resort that will feature two casinos. Preliminary plans also call for a new marina.
- KAT BERGERON