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The Biloxi lighthouse shines again

By Jessica Bowman – email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It was a memorable day for the city of Biloxi. The switch was flipped turning on the light inside the Biloxi lighthouse. After an extensive restoration due to Katrina, the lighthouse is ready to shine.

As the sun set, the Biloxi Lighthouse was relit, once again shinning a light upon the city.

Bishop Roger Morin said, "Light dispels darkness, and light shows us the way to safely complete a journey."

This radiant light will forever mean hope in the hearts of Biloxians.

"Well, it's just another step in our recovery. We take one step at a time," said Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway.

As many gathered to witness the lighting, local singer Steve Cason performed an original song entitled 'The Biloxi Lighthouse.'

This 162 year old structure stands 61 feet tall and is more than just a symbol of recovery.

"It's one of the icons I like to say of the region not just Biloxi," Mayor Holloway said. "It's recognized all over the state and all over the Southeast as one of the oldest lighthouses in America."

Biloxians aren't the only ones who hold the lighthouse dear to their hearts.

Calvin and Vicki Carey are snow birds from Warsaw, Virginia, and they are honored to be apart of the re-lighting ceremony.

Vicki Carey said, "To see it be lit when we're here it's great. Everything that the Gulf Coast has been through and I don't know, it's just like a new beginning."

A new beginning it is. As cars drive up and down Highway 90 the cast iron tower will continue to light the way.

You can take a free tour of the historic landmark on Saturday. The tours will be held from 11am until 2pm.

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