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Pascagoula citizens give thumbs up to city's Strategic Draft Plan

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - It was a packed house Thursday night for the unveiling of Pascagoula's new 2010 Strategic Draft Plan.  For almost a month, city leaders and residents have been brain storming on creating a road map to improve the city's quality of life.

Concerned citizens and community leaders waited in anticipation to get their first look at Pascagoula's strategic draft plan. 

"Will we do everything on there, probably not. I hope we can get some of it done," Mayor Robbie Maxwell said. 

Pascagoula unveiled its first strategic plan in the 1990s and updated it a year before Hurricane Katrina hit the city. After the catastrophic storm, citizens and leaders figured it was time for a change. 

"We have five major areas: One of them is cleanness and beatification, one is urban revitalization and community development, then we have small business, and then we have public relations and promotions and cultural and recreation activities."  

This new plan calls for improving the city's downtown district by expanding popular corridors like Market Street with more retail and eateries.  Also, offering tax breaks and incentives for investors to buy and build on vacant land. 

"We want to make sure the quality of life is there," Pascagoula official Jaci Turner said.   

Next on the list is enhancing the city's waterfront property by either constructing a world class marina or inner harbor. 

"They just don't make any more waterfront property like that, and so were intended to utilize it to our full capacity," the mayor said. 

The committee also suggested creative ways to promote the city flavor and uniqueness to the world. 

"We can do press releases, websites, virtual tours. There are great things going on, but nobody knows about them," a committee member said. 

Several folks at the meeting were pretty impressed with the draft plan. 

"I think with all that has happened with the city, there is a lot to be done," Jim Williams said. 

"It is great place to live, but we have to have something to offer people to stay here," resident Nancy Coon said. 

These citizens are hoping this strategic road map will guide to city in the right direction, and make it a better place to live, work and play. Committee members say once citizens give their input about the draft, they will revise it and present the plan to city council for final approval. 

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