D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Company is coming to D'Iberville by the thousands. So the police department is forming a plan for how to deal with all the added traffic.
In early October, city officials expect the lure of shopping, dining and classic cars to bring a lot of people to town. Over a period of just five days the city will see the launch of a Target store, the grand opening of the Promenade Shopping Center and festivities from Cruisin' the Coast.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast is still a few weeks away from getting its first Target store, but the excitement is already here.
"People love Target and we're going to have people from all over this coast coming to D'Iberville when the opening occurs on October the 6th," Chief Wayne Payne said.
The Target store opening is part of a whirlwind of events that D'Iberville police are anticipating that week. D'Iberville will host to Cruisin' the Coast events at its Civic Center on October 8th, 9th, and 10th. Then October 11th, the Promenade Shopping Center featuring 30 stores and restaurants holds its grand opening.
The police department is bracing to move all those cars in and out of the city safely.
"We'll have officers there directing traffic," Chief Payne said. "I believe MDOT is going to have some folks there assisting with the traffic lights. We're going to change some days off, add some additional personnel. People are just going to have to understand that it's going to be slow getting in and out."
Chief Payne is asking people to be patient. He said even with the help reserve officers and explorers, traffic will be slow and some backups are expected. However, the chief said a lot of people coming to town to spend money is a good problem to have.
"We will be there every day that we need to be," Payne said. "I hope we're there a long time. I hope a lot of people start coming to the city of D'Iberville to spend their money."