A Virginia attorney flew into town Tuesday night to say he plans to build a $140 million casino resort in the harbor -- and has a contract to buy the derelict Markham Hotel downtown, which he will renovate for offices or apartments.
Attorney Robert Lubin, who specializes in creating investment opportunities for foreigners seeking visas, said an investment of $140 million is planned for the casino resort. The investment in the Markham is pegged at $30 million.
Lubin said he was scoping out the Markham property, vacant since 2005's Hurricane Katrina, when his casino partner, Kevin Preston of Premier Gaming Group, found out about the casino site. The city has been trying for years to land a casino resort for the harbor.
"This is a great day for Gulfport and the Coast," Mayor Billy Hewes said.
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