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Biloxi mayor: 2011 will be "the year when we cut ribbons"

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By David Elliott - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway said Monday that his city is "prevailing." The mayor's comments came during his annual State of the City address at Beau Rivage, sponsored by the Biloxi Bay Chamber.

"As we gather here today to review the state of our city, I hope that you can truly appreciate just how far we've come and how much we've endured in the past few years," Holloway told the crowd.

With an obvious reference to Hurricane Katrina, the recession and the BP oil crisis, Mayor Holloway unveiled a picture of what's ahead for 2011 that was filled with optimism.

"This will be the year when all the things we were doing, the design work, the breaking and so forth, all of that will produce tremendous results. This will be the year when we cut ribbons and dedicate buildings."

The longest serving mayor in Biloxi history narrated a video showcasing accomplishments and Biloxi's rich heritage. Holloway then talked about an ambitious $355 million infrastructure project.

"You have to remember that we're talking about 100 miles of streets, more than a million feet of water, sewer and storm drain lines, more than 70 wastewater pump stations."

Mayor Holloway talked about revitalizing Point Cadet, breathing life into Vieux Marche and encouraging economic development in west Biloxi.

Overall, the mayor struck an upbeat tone when thinking about Biloxi in 2011.

"This will be the year when all of the things we've been doing will produce tremendous results."

Click here to read the full text of Mayor Holloway's State of the City message.

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