City seeks special resort status for Daiquiri Hub

Published 7:28 pm Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen is seeking resort status for a new business located in the city’s recreation and leisure district.

The board Tuesday approved a resolution asking the Mississippi Department of Revenue to grant resort status for a building at 1312 Washington St., which is the proposed location of the Daiquiri Hub. The resolution and supporting documents will be sent to the state Department of Revenue for review and approval.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. called the business “another giant step (for the city) in my opinion. You don’t have to go across the bridge for the lottery, you don’t have to go for sports betting, and now you don’t have to go for daiquiris.”

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Resort status, which is granted by the Mississippi Department of Revenue, allows a business to sell alcohol without having a kitchen, and is given to the property, not the business.

Under state law, a business in a location with resort status can sell alcohol 24 hours a day.

However, the Department of Revenue in 2015 approved a request by the city to stop alcohol sales at resort locations at 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, inside the city limits.

The city’s four casinos were exempted.

The Daiquiri Hub is adjacent to Roca and across the street from the Cottonwood House inside the city’s leisure and recreation district.

Vicksburg’s leisure and resort district runs the length of Washington Street from the Klondyke, 100 North Washington St., south to Veto Street and includes Mulberry Street and a section of Madison Street.

The 2017 ordinance establishing the leisure and recreation district allows customers to buy their favorite alcoholic beverage at a restaurant or club in an area known as the “Washington Street District” and take it with them when they leave, or sit at an outside table at the business to enjoy their beverage.

Alcohol sales at businesses in the leisure and recreation district without resort status are restricted to 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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