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Pawhuska, OK

Duncan Hotel restoration

What great news! I'm glad to hear that this building will finally receive the care and attention it deserves!  (Sep 30, 2011 | post #2)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Disabled guests sue Disney World for ban on Segway vehicles

Segways are not dangerous. If used responsibly, they are remarkably efficient. I'll agree that Segway does not market its machines as assisted mobility devices, but they can be used as such. I'm really amazed at the lack of understanding which so many of the posters here display. Segways are already in use at many airports and other crowded places. The police use them here in Washington. If used responsibly, they are absolutely not a threat to anyone.  (Nov 11, 2007 | post #76)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Disabled guests sue Disney World for ban on Segway vehicles

Banning Segways is ridiculous. There has been too much hype drummed up against them. I'm unaware of any incidents where anyone has been injured by someone using a Segway in a responsible manner. In fact, a Segway takes up less space than a wheelchair. Get out of your auto-centric thinking and open your minds!  (Nov 10, 2007 | post #9)

Biloxi, MS

Harrah's to open Biloxi Margaritaville casino

Well, I have seen the drawings and the project is even better than I had hoped it might be. It looks as though they are really trying to work with the guidelines established by the Governor's Commission. I haven't seen their plans for the renovation of the old Casino Magic tower, but maybe they will do something to mitigate its boxiness. A new roofline would do wonders for it.  (Jun 4, 2007 | post #5)

Biloxi, MS

Harrah's to open Biloxi Margaritaville casino

Good news, but I'd really like to see a rendering of the proposed development. I find it odd that there were no drawings on hand at the announcement. Harrah's promised to spend at least $1b, so let's see what this amounts to....  (May 19, 2007 | post #2)

Biloxi, MS

Casino planning expansion

The requirement that casinos should build and maintain a hotel in addition to the casino. This was an initial requirement for casinos in Mississippi. Boomtown escaped this through its previous partnerships. I'm not sure about its current situation.  (Apr 27, 2007 | post #3)

Biloxi, MS

Casino planning expansion

How has Boomtown escaped the requirement to build a hotel? Not that I'd imagine the hotel they would build could possibly amount to much, but it seems odd that they have been allowed to escape this requirement which other casinos have been held to.  (Apr 25, 2007 | post #1)

Biloxi, MS

Vote on Biloxi condos set Tuesday

Mr. Pruitt, I agree with you that public lands should be dealt with carefully. I'd also prefer to see much of the existing affordable apartments/condo stock stay- at least until it can be replaced. Obviously this would not provide for the quick evictions you describe. Is much consideration given to the plans put forward by the Governor's Commission? This might provide better guidelines, if they would be enforced. Though I haven't lived in Biloxi, I have lived elsewhere in Mississippi. I truly want the Mississippi Coast to emerge better than it was before Katrina. If my emphasis upon hotels appears to be extreme, I'm in hotel management.  (Apr 6, 2007 | post #9)

Biloxi, MS

Vote on Biloxi condos set Tuesday

Mr. Pruitt, I have not said that the Coast should invite a wall of towers. It is, however, reasonable to expect that development will occur in certain locations. I'm well aware of the importance of Keesler A.F.B. to the local economy. What disturbs me is the tendency to fight against height for its own sake. Rather than merely fighting against how tall a proposed building might be, I wish that residents would insist upon good design as a guiding principle. Endless sprawl is far worse for the Coast than a few towers. Towers are not essential, but may play a part in the renewal of the Coast. I'm fully aware of the need for affordable housing. The latter won't happen without the addition of the expensive condos which might, in turn, pay for the latter. I also live in Fort Lauderdale, so I have seen, first-hand, that expensive condos are not necessarily a panacea. Still, Fort Lauderdale is developing itself into a better place than it was 15 years ago. Biloxi could well turn its sights to becoming a golf-oriented destination with true five star hotels. Why not go after Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton? I'm just as tired of seeing faux-Mediterranean monstrosities as you are. I invite discussion of how better housing and good economic development might go hand in hand. As Daniel Burnham noted, make no small plans.  (Apr 6, 2007 | post #6)

Biloxi, MS

Fairness an issue with Indian casino

It is unfortunate that the vote on the casino won't be until November. Essentially, this means that Philip Martin has effectively put a choke hold on development on the Coast until this matter is settled. I'd rather they developed their property on their reservation and allowed the Coast to get on with its own revival. If they intended to operate a casino by the same rules as the others in Biloxi, this would be a different matter. I'm appalled at Harrah's and their non-action with their very large property in Biloxi. If they don't intend to develop the property, they ought to sell it to someone who will. The Broadwater property may yet yield a significant development. I'd love to see this get off the ground soon. So far, the silence has been deafening. I have been led to believe that some sort of announcement may be made in the early summer. Has anyone heard anything about these projects?  (Apr 2, 2007 | post #2)