The City of Biloxi has seen several positive changes over the past year when it comes to tourism, infrastructure, and development. These accomplishments were celebrated Monday at the annual State of the City address. Things are looking up. That's what Biloxi Mayor, A.J. Holloway, shared with the hundreds of people who turned out for Monday's State of the City Address. Holloway says, "We have a lot going on in the city, all over the city matter of fact, from the north end to the east end, back and forth, so we’re looking for a lot of progress to be made this year." The Mayor says the baseball stadium has caught the interest of potential developers who plan to build in the nearby downtown area. Holloway says this will become more visible once construction begins on the downtown baseball stadium, but the city is still working on those details.
Holloway says, "Trying to put everything together right now because we are going to have to work in a real timely manner on a time schedule that will be very, very close." The stadium isn't the only enterprise set to begin in Biloxi. A 120 million dollar project is set to get underway next week that will work to replace storm and sewer drains that were damaged nearly ten years ago in Hurricane Katrina. Marvin Dalla Rosa, Program Manager for Biloxi, says, "120 million estimated construction that's north of the railroad tracks from the Point back to about 110, that’s part of a 360 million dollar infrastructure repair program from Katrina."
This F.E.M.A. funded project is the largest contract the city has received, according to designer, Della Rosa. He says this will bring a major boost to the framework of the city. Della Rosa closes, "You're talking about a quarter of a billion dollars worth of work being put out on the street and starting on the east end of Biloxi." This project should pave the way for even more growth down the road.