The first quarter fiscal year budget shows that sales tax revenue is up more than $38,000 compared to last year.
Some locals say the city is emerging from a sleepy town and into a town booming with new businesses and eateries. Many boutiques have even found their home in downtown Ocean Springs and each continue to thrive, regardless of competition. Lee Tracy store owner Katie Hinkel said, “Each year that we’ve been here, we’ve had a little bit of an increase. This year, we started off a little bit slower but our fourth quarter was really great and we ended up just about even with last year’s numbers.” Charisma store owner Brandin Brosh said, “Our business has really picked up. It’s been great. The holidays always help and then we have events like Peter Anderson and Cruisin’ the Coast that give us a really big push here, too. It does well for all of the local businesses.”
Brosh and Hinkel both tell News 25 they believe Ocean Springs is a city that is growing because of more appeal to younger residents.