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Tierra Verde Resort begins rebirth; Saffron's offers takeout; Gulfport has a freebie


Docks built for resort redevelopment

Development is moving slowly but surely at the site of the former Tierra Verde Resort time share complex, where the investors who bought the defunct business in 2011 plan to build a hotel and restaurant. The dilapidated resort was razed last year, and the 10-acre property has been stripped of old electrical and plumbing systems. "They are in the process of installing new infrastructure," said Paul Murray, president of the Tierra Verde Community Association. "They are very close to starting construction of the first building." That building will be a sales and service office for wet and dry docking and further development. The owner, Tierra Verde Marina Resort LLC, has completed new docks and sea walls and will start on a high and dry marina soon, Murray said. Talks with hotel and restaurant operators are ongoing, but no one has signed a contract, he added.


Saffron's replaces Preacher's BBQ

Preacher's BBQ at 1040 Fourth St. N has closed, but in its place Saffron's On The Go with its popular Caribbean flavors has opened. Chef Jackie Hill will offer catering and individual takeout meals from the small space. Customers can call in the morning to order something to serve more than one person but not a whole party. Saffron's was first a restaurant on Park Street in Jungle Prada; then it opened a catering business on 34th Street S four years ago. That space is now closed. It specializes in Caribbean favorites like jerk chicken and grilled fish with mango salsa but also offers foods from around the world, Hill said.


Tuesday Fresh Market: free space for nonprofit

The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market is offering one free vendor space each week to a nonprofit organization. Groups can use the space to provide information, sell items for fundraising, promote upcoming events or offer community outreach. Contact the market coordinator at to get on the schedule. The market takes place every Tuesday throughout the year.

Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer

Tierra Verde Resort begins rebirth; Saffron's offers takeout; Gulfport has a freebie 04/02/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 2:16pm]
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