New project could rejuvenate downtown Waveland

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - A new projected is slated for the beach front in Waveland. It's a revised plan from a previous marina project that has been in the works for years.

Mayor David Garcia said, "The majority of the people in Waveland were not in favor of that marina, and what we have done is basically listen to the majority."

So Garcia took the plans to the Mississippi Development Authority to find out how to move forward with developing the beach front without a marina.

"The project entails is a scale back of the marina," Garcia said.

"The original plan calls for the lighthouse to be out in front of the marina situated out into the Gulf, what we are doing is moving the lighthouse onto land. Also enlarging the parking lot, putting a splash pad in for children and putting up a pavilion."

And the lighthouse will be more than just a pretty background.

"They can actually enter our lighthouse and use our restroom facilities and come out on the observation deck and there will be binocular type cameras up there for them installed so children and adults can look out over the gulf," Garcia explained.

The hope is that the new project lures tourists back to the beaches and also business on Coleman Avenue.

"The kids can play in the splash pad, the mothers can sunbathe in the sun, and the dads can fish on the pier," Garcia said.

"Any time you get a larger number of count of vehicles that's going to bring more businesses"

That also means more revenue for the city, which is why the board voted in favor of the plans. But before a ground breaking takes place the project must be re-approved by MDA.

The marina project had a price tag of more than $6 million, but the scaled back plans will cost roughly $2.5 million.

The mayor estimates once all the hurdles have been cleared the makeover will be complete in about a year and a half.

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