| By Jason C. Mattox
Representatives of the City of Sardis, including Mayor Rusty Dye and development recruiter Amad Turk, are planning a trip to Vicksburg in the coming weeks to move the development at Sardis Lake forward.
In recent weeks, Southern Developers Realty, a group from Florida, has begun conducting their due diligence into the development which would include a hotel/conference center.
"There are some things the developer is asking for, that I can’t go into, that we are going to have to go to Vicksburg for approval," Dye said.
The need for the approval comes from the city’s lease of property from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Sardis Lake that presently houses the Sardis Lake Marina operated by Skipper and any future development.
"With the kind of money the developer is talking about ($110 million), we want to do all we can to make their plans a reality," Dye said.
The $110 million investment includes not only a hotel/conference center, but also an 18-hole golf course.
Once the golf course is completed, that would mean all three phases of the project are finished. Phase one was the 210 slip marina.
"This developer is basically committing to phases II and III of the project," Dye said.
As for when the trip to Vicksburg would take place, Dye would only say he hoped it was in the next few weeks.
"We want to get the ball rolling with this part of the development, and the quicker that happens, the better," he said. "Developments like this are not only good for the City of Sardis, but for Panola County and the surrounding areas."