Big change for Cruisin' the Coast

By David Elliott - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Thousands of classic cars from around America are getting ready to arrive in South Mississippi for the 13th annual Cruisin' the Coast event.

From the beginning, Cruisin' organizers have used Jones Park in Gulfport as their headquarters. But this year, Jones Park is undergoing a massive restoration, so a new location is needed. Officials decided the old VA property in Gulfport would be a good choice.

"We have the beautiful oak trees here and cruisers are going to love it," Cruisin's Executive Director Woody Bailey said.

But that property is also under construction, so precautions are being taken to make sure visitors don't wander into areas that are supposed to be off limits.

"There are some dangerous spots, so our volunteers will keep people out of the buildings,"  Bailey said.

Cruisin' the Coast runs October 4th through the 11th. It is the largest special event in the state, generating an estimated $13 million for the local economy. For more information on this year's event, visit

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