Gulfport seeks new harbor deal after casino developer's lease terminated

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GULFPORT, Mississippi — The Gulfport Redevelopment Commission is seeking new development proposals for the city's harbor after the commission terminated its lease with Rotate Black, the company with state site approval for Hemingway Resort and Casino.

Multiple media outlets reported Thursday that Rotate Black had its lease terminated in October 2014 by city officials because the developer owes the city $375,000 in back rent.

New proposals to develop the 3-acre parcel of land near Jones Park are due on Monday.

Commission President Carol Lynne Meadows says she does not know if Rotate Black plans to submit a development proposal for a new lease, but the company would have to pay the back rent first.

Rotate Black CEO John Paulsen did not immediately return The Sun Herald's requests for comment Thursday.

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