Long Beach given $4.3M to spruce up its ‘front door’ to the city

Long Beach will finally be able to spruce up the front yard of the city, after Congress approved more than $4 million for the city’s gateway harbor project.

Mayor George Bass and Congressman Steven Palazzo were on hand for the press conference Tuesday to announce the funds, which will be used to build a more visible gateway to the city at the foot of Jeff Davis Avenue to welcome visitors.

Bass said the $4.3 million will be used for sidewalks, parking and pathways along the beachfront and at the harbor to enhance what he calls the city’s front door — the beach.

“We are ecstatically happy about it, it’s a great thing,” Bass said. “It’s great news for us, it ties into everything we’re trying to do to our beachfront and our harbor.”

As for the harbor, which was devastated in Hurricane Katrina, Bass said talks with FEMA are progressing and he’s hopeful that the city will soon have the funds to rebuild the harbor — and make it more resilient in the face of future storms.

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