Keesler volunteers help beautify Highway 90

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Steve Phillips – bio | email

BILOXI, MS  (WLOX) - The coast is getting set to roll out the "welcome mat" for thousands of Cruisin' the Coast participants.

Since Highway 90 is one of the favorite cruising spots for the classic car owners, the City of Biloxi wants to make sure that Beach Boulevard is in good shape. That was the motivation for hundreds of volunteers who spent the morning Friday picking-up trash, pulling weeds and shoveling sand off the highway median.

Nearly 200 Keesler airmen converged on Highway 90 with shovels, trash bags and weed eaters. They joined work crews from the City of Biloxi and Harrison County to spruce up the beach front highway.

"Highway 90 is our welcome mat," said Eric Nolan, with the City of Biloxi. "That's what they see when they come in. And we want it to look the best that it can."

Airman Kyle Adams' assignment involved a shovel and lots of sand.

"Scraping up the sand from the sidewalk. My buddies over here are helping clean up the trash. We've got a lot of people who have gardening experience. They're helping prune trees and things like that. We've got a lot of different people out here doing a lot of different stuff. They're all pretty good at what they do," said Adams.

Perfect weather greets the clean-up crowd. The airmen volunteers are young and eager.

"All of them were willing to work. We had to take a little time this morning because some of them are a little young and had never seen a weed eater before. But once they learned how to operate it and operate that edger, they've taken the ball and run with it," said Jerry Creel with the City of Biloxi.

"With everyone out here, it's pretty much easy for all of us if we do it together. And we're just happy to be out here," said airman Quinlann Smith.

"Just picking up trash and making the place look good," said airman Charles Dicken.

Although it's perfect timing for Cruisin' the Coast, this clean-up wasn't targeted with that specific event in mind.  This was supposed to happen several weeks ago, but had to be postponed until now because of a scheduling conflict.

"The sun is shining, the wind is blowing," said airman Adams, "We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to do this."

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