Flash Flood Watch expires at 7:00 AM on 4/19, issued at 11:22 PM Stone

Gulfport Passes Extension of Tax Abatement Program

Reported by: Alyssa Meisner
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 5/07/2014 6:42 pm
The Gulfport City Council has passed an expansion of their tax abatement program. The program was started after Hurricane Katrina as an incentive for businesses to rebuild on Highway 90, but it only went so far. There are still many vacant properties and slabs left over from the 26 businesses that never came back. One of the first restaurants to rebuild on the beach after Katrina was Salute. While owners didn't receive tax abatement themselves, it was important for them to be in Gulfport.

Robert Stinson, the owner of Salute, says, “Gulfport was such a great environment for us with what's around us, with the renovations and all the historical properties that were here, but more importantly to me, it was kind of like home. This was a great area where I really felt like I could feel at home.” Gulfport city officials are hoping other businesses and home owners will come home to Gulfport with the new program. The abatement has been extended from Courthouse Road all the way down to Debuys, and as new businesses pop up, city officials say it creates a ripple effect

70° Clear Feels Like: 70° F
High: 78° F
Low: 68° F
Wind: NE 6 mph

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's FCC public inspection file should contact: WXXV TV Attn: Bobby Edwards 14351 Highway 49 Gulfport, MS 39503 Phone: 228-831-5200 Email: bedwards@wxxv25.com or Donna Ingram Phone: 228-831-5201 Email: dkgingram@wxxv25.com. To view our public file, visit the 'About WXXV' link at the top of this page. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 1-888-225-5322 or fccinfo@fcc.gov.

Copyright © 2015 WXXV-TV and Morris Networks of MS All Rights Reserved