Waveland residents' input needed for comprehensive plan

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - Waveland residents will soon get the chance to voice their opinions about which direction their city should take. Next week, Waveland city officials say they'll unveil a comprehensive plan a committee of volunteers has spent the past six months developing. Residents will be able to review that plan and add some suggestions of their own.

Waveland Avenue is one of the most traveled streets in Waveland and one of the most complained about. Residents say it's more than pot holes that make it an uncomfortable ride.

"The drainage is horrible in Waveland," said resident Mark Kidd. "There are streets up and down Waveland Avenue that water is just flowing over the road."

Judy Yarborough, also of Waveland, said, "I'd really like the city, especially on Waveland Avenue and Nicholson Avenue, the main thoroughfares in our city, to have sidewalks. If not on both sides, at least one side."

Residents often take their problems to Mayor Tommy Longo. Now the mayor says it's the perfect time to address citizen concerns by developing a comprehensive plan.

Mayor Longo said, "We're going to look at everything. Everything from parks and recreation, open space, industrial parks, commercial, residential.  This comprehensive plan will help us today, tomorrow and well into the future."

Residents say while they've seen some progress, they'd like to see dilapidated buildings torn down and replaced with new business growth.

Waveland resident Leigh Hart said, "Highway 90 needs some help big time. It does. It just looks lost.  For the most part, I think the city is working pretty hard on the actual beauty of Waveland and trying to restore it to what it used to be.  It's just going to take time I think. Take a lot of time."

The public meetings on the comprehensive plan are scheduled for Saturday April 18th at 9:30 a.m. and Monday, April 20th at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings are at the Leo Seal Community Center.

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