Biloxi set to unveil new visitors center at 4pm

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Thursday afternoon, Biloxi will cut the ribbon to its new multi million dollar visitors center. It's something that's been in the works ever since Hurricane Katrina destroyed the old visitors center on the town green.

With a new location and a whole lot more to offer, the new center is sure to please guests.

"It's a dream come true," said Biloxi's Historic Administrator Bill Raymond. "This is going to be a world class visitors center. We're going to have everything you could possibly need."

Inside the nearly 25,000 square foot building, Raymond said you will find everything from a multi-media museum to a reception hall.

Crews have been busy making sure everything is ready for Thursday's grand opening.

"We've got everything from landscapers, to painters, to carpenters. There's got to be 50 to 75 people at least on site. And every time I turn around another crew is coming in for something else."

As one of the largest projects in Biloxi city history, the visitors center has a price tag of about $10 million.

"They're going to be working right up until 4pm when we actually start the ceremony. They have really been working hard working around the clock trying to get everything finished."

Raymond said the doors will open at 4pm. Boiled shrimp and Barq's root beer will be served. Following that grand opening the new civic center will open on Howard Avenue at 6pm.

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