BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Bay St. Louis is looking a lot like a big construction zone these days. Mayor Les Fillingame said right now in his city $160 million worth of government projects are underway. There are also private developments going up keeping construction crews busy.
"It's good, but it's noisy," said resident Dora Kelly.
Kelly said she knows the sound of progress. Katrina created an affordable housing shortage and several projects, both government and private, are starting to give families some relief.
"More places for people to live in, we got lucky and got this house, but it's pretty hard," said Kelly.
All around town residents can see signs of recovery. Infrastructure is being rebuilt, and recreational facilities are going up like a new meeting hall which will include a banquet room that will seat 400.
"It's great. It makes you see the community coming alive again," said Mike Harris, resident. "It's lots to do here now."
With more to do and better places to live, some Bay St. Louis residents say they think more people will consider making this small town their home.
Harris said, "I think if people see the community is recovering. Make it attractive for new couples to come to the area and new families to come to the area."