A clear vision for Veterans Avenue

By Doug Walker - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Despite recent setbacks from the gaming commission rejecting R.W. Development's plans to develop a casino resort at  the base of Veteran's Avenue, owner Ray Woolridge isn't giving up on his vision to turn Veteran's Avenue into the crown jewel of tourism in Biloxi.

"I want it to be a destination, and of course, the casino was a part of that. And I still think that's what my plan will be to continue to work on that," Woolridge says. "But while we're waiting on that resolution, I think we can build some things that will be very attractive for the people of Biloxi and for family entertainment."

Those plans include a 36 hole putt-putt golf course and arcade on the property on the northwest corner of Veterans and Highway 90 and a restaurant on the beachside of Highway 90.

But the Woolridge's vision travels further north on Veterans. Just across the tracks, R.W. Development plans to build townhomes on the east side of the road, and a mixed used development on the west side. And those plans leave a smile on the faces of Biloxi city officials.

Director of Community Development Jerry Creel says, "It makes me feel great. I mean family entertainment is something that we've been waiting on for a long time in Biloxi, and that's one of the big complaints that we get is there's not enough entertainment for young people."

Despite the rocky economy, Woolridge is confident it will turn around soon, as will the fortunes of Veterans Avenue.

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