Pascagoula State of the City speech encourages new development

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Pascagoula Mayor Robbie Maxwell delivered his first State of the City address Wednesday. He focused on stimulating the city's economy and expanding Pascagoula's tax base.  The mayor said the city needs to keep building for a better future.

Tonya Fredrickson set up shop in Pascagoula a few months ago.  The rough economy has not stopped her cash register from ringing.  She feels more entrepreneurs should invest in the city.

"We really need more places to shop; we need more restaurants and more businesses," Fredrickson said.

First time Mayor Robbie Maxwell agrees investing in the quality of life is a must for his city in 2010.

"We feel very strongly that in order for Pascagoula to grow and develop, the quality of life issues are very important," Maxwell said in his speech.

Mayor Maxwell told a crowd of leaders and citizens, sales tax collections are up by two percent, but he said more growth means more work ahead.

"Everything from potholes to development on the waterfront," Maxwell said.

Maxwell said to lure more businesses to Pascagoula, leaders will begin advertising what the city has to offer investors.

"Our council has been working on it. We have several restaurants we are talking to now, and we expect very soon they will be a part of Pascagoula."

Improving the city's look is also on the must do list.  He said the outdated riverfront will get a makeover.

"We envision mixed-use development, housing,  retail, and we would love to have a five star hotel."

Maxwell also bragged about the city's future beachfront enhancements, like the planned million dollar promenade and jogging path.  The Army Corps of Engineers has begun pumping sand in for a new $12 million beach.

City leaders are also working on acquiring Lowry Island from the state to build restaurants, apartments and open a ship museum.

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