The City of Biloxi held a six year anniversary to remember the events that Hurricane Katrina brought to the forefront and the memories that were left behind.
Mayor A.J. Holloway touched on rational success that Biloxi’s resident should anticipate in what seemed like a well timed upbeat mini state of the city presentation.
Said Mayor Holloway:
Biloxi is on a peninsula, and just about all of the eastern end of that peninsula is in a flood zone, which has presented challenges there. The things that make us a great place to live – like being on the water – also make it a challenge to rebuild. You’ll certainly see more green space in some areas.
We’ve spent more than $50 million in facilities. People see the new visitors center and the new library and new civic center, but we also re-did City Hall, the Old Brick House, the Lighthouse, the White House Fountain, the Port Division administration building, and the Point Cadet and small craft harbors.
We’re getting ready to re-do the working docks – the shrimp boat docks – and we hope to have them done by next shrimp season.
Over the next several months, we’ll ramp up our infrastructure work. That’s the $355 million in work on storm drains, water and sewer lines in the areas of the storm surge.
As for the future, I think you can see things coming together on west beach. The new Wal-mart is going to drive business in west Biloxi, we’ve got Margaritaville coming up in east Biloxi, and we’re reviving our work to create a great park on the Popp’s Ferry Causeway.
“We realize that we seen progress here in Biloxi, and we realize that we have a ways to go. It’s like I’ve said many times since Katrina: We see a milestone – large or small – each and every day of our recovery and rebuilding,” said Holloway.
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This column was prepared for publication by Hank Richards, knotmove.com writer for Huntsville, Alexandria the Gulport/Biloxi/GulF coast restoraton region and is a press pool reporter for the British Petroleum Recovery Program.
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