BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The plans to build a new Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi got a boost from the city council Tuesday. Council members voted unanimously to have the mayor negotiate a contract with an architectural firm to design the new attraction.
Museum board members have already been working with an out of state architectural company which developed preliminary designs. Plans call for building the new museum on the old Tullis property, next door to the new Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art.
City council members said it's time the project move forward.
"It's something we want done. To have our city recognize where we came from. And in 20 and 30 and 40 years from now, people will be able to see that. I think it's a great thing," said Councilman George Lawrence from Biloxi's Ward 1.
Council members directed Mayor A.J. Holloway to negotiate a contract with the architectural firm in the next two weeks.
An out of state firm called H3 has been working with the museum. A part of the contract will require that company to have a local architect assist with the project.