Tulane students present Pt. Cadet ideas to the public tonight

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Since Biloxi's Point Cadet was wiped out by Katrina, there have been various studies as to how the area could be revitalized. City officials say a new plan is in the works that's different from all others.

"What's going to make this different is, we've already got some money in hand to get started with this. So this is no pie in the sky stuff," said Biloxi City Spokesman Vincent Creel.

In addition to the Seafood Museum returning to its original waterfront home, the city has received Tidelands funds from the Department of Marine Resources to move forward with the Point Cadet Marina.

"The Point Cadet waterfront area is the gateway to our city. It's the first thing you see when you come across that bridge. So now we're going to have the Seafood Industry Museum on the north side. We want to do some special things on the south side that will really pay tribute to the seafood industry, as well as to the city itself," Creel said.

The city has been developing plans for the area along with a group of students from the Tulane Regional Urban Design Center. The architecture students visited just a few weeks ago to get a first hand look at the area and come up with ideas for improvements. Now they're returning to Biloxi to present those ideas to the public and get some feedback.

"The most important thing about this is getting public participation. You know, we can have all the public meetings in the world, plans, but it won't mean anything unless we get that public input," Creel explained.

After the meeting, the Tulane students will take the public comments and refine their ideas. Creel said this will be the first of several public meetings, with the ultimate goal of developing a finished plan to present to state lawmakers.

The meeting will take place at Wednesday night at 6pm at the Frank Gruich Community Center.

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