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Some businesses banking on spring break and festival events


By Krystal Allan – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Police have released a plan for traffic as it gets ready for Black Spring Break and the Crawfish Festival.

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said, if needed, only one lane of traffic east and westbound will be open on Highway 90 from Cowan Road in Gulfport to at least Rodenberg Avenue in Biloxi. The inside lanes will be used for emergency vehicles. Police will also limit intersections where people can turn north off of Highway 90. Depending on the volume of vehicles, Chief Miller said traffic could be diverted to I-10.

As police plan for crowds, so are local businesses. Tuesday evening it was a little quiet at the I-Hop off Highway 90 in Biloxi. But, by the end of the week, workers expect packed seats and customers around the clock.

"We're definitely prepared.  We've adjusted out schedule to accommodate the large group of people coming in," Assistant General Manager Jamila Khani said.

Down the street at Beach Bums Jet Ski rental, owner Raleigh Carter is betting on a boost in business to keep his beach toys on the water.  He's looking to build upon the steady business he's already seen to give his summer season an early boost.

"I think it's better when more than one group is coming. I think everybody will have a lot better time if you just jam it all in," Carter said.

But, the businesses don't end at the beachfront and the services don't stop with food and fun. Trendsetters Barber Shop, off the east end of Pass Road, will have five barbers on hand. Shop owner Derrick Booker is preparing his barbers for more customers coming through the door, especially with chatter on Facebook picking up for Black Spring Break.

"It's kind of hard to tell. With the power of the internet, anything can happen. It'll help a lot for me and my other barbers and the other business surrounding the area," Booker said.

Next door to the shop, Splash Car Wash and Detailing will double its staff for the weekend, bringing in 10 workers.

"Anytime there's an influx of cars, that means more business for the car wash," said owner Tony Grace. "So we always prepare for big weekends no matter what they are."

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said they'll be on the look out for vendors looking to make quick without the proper permits.  Those operating with a proper permits will be subject to arrest.

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