BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Gulf Coast is rolling out the welcome mat to cruisers. But, those traveling in RVs won't be allowed to set up anywhere they please.
Yellow caution tape can already be seen along Highway 90 keeping private property off limits. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said they haven't yet had any complaints from property owners concerning illegal RV parking. He said police will keep an eye on service roads to make sure that RVs don't set up where they don't belong.
But those who are set up, in legal areas, are grabbing some of the best spots on the coast. By next week, the beachfront will be packed with Cruisers as modern day rides become outnumbered by pristine classics.
Albert and Bobbie Scarborough are from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They came to South Mississippi almost a week early to take it all in.
"This is our first year to actually come here and from what we've heard it's quite a party," Bobbie said.
This year's party is already bigger than before. Event Director Woody Bailey said 200 more cars are already registered, compared to this time last year.
"We're always looking for more vehicles, and we're working on the spectator base," Bailey said.
Bailey is shooting for 4,800 cruisers. But, he admitted, there are some limitations. The coast just doesn't have the same hotel room inventory it had before Hurricane Katrina.
Hotel rooms aren't a concern for the Scarboroughs. The RVers drove their own accommodations to town. And they're already taking advantage of what the coast has to offer.
"We're definitely going shopping downtown Biloxi, which is beautiful. I'm sure we'll go out to dinner one or two nights. Probably hit the casino one night," Bobbie said.
Cruisin' the Coast officially kicks on Sunday, October 3rd. The host spot for the event is the old VA property in Gulfport off Highway 90.
Visit CruisinTheCoast.com for a full schedule of events and to learn how you can register for the party.