The City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday to reduce the rent for a casino developer who is leasing property in the Gulfport Harbor.
Councilman Ricky Dombrowski was not present for the vote.
Developer Robert Lubin, who wants to build a casino at the harbor, brought out colorful renderings of the project to show the City Council in executive session and asked for the $80,000 monthly rent for the site to be halved for August and September.
“It’s a two-month rent reduction only,” said the Virginia-based attorney, who is part of Gulfport Gaming Development.
The request was made under the name of Mississippi Coast Entertainment LP, which Councilwoman Cara Pucheu questioned.
All the other terms of the contract were extended four months.
Lubin didn’t stay for the vote that came near the end of the regular meeting, but he did talk about his other successful projects and his plans for the Gulfport casino, which he hopes to have open in 2018.
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