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12/03/03

New Look For Point Cadet Debated

Bob LaHatte spent the day at Point Cadet, decorating his boat for Christmas. As he tied one line of lights to his mast, he smiled and said, "I'm getting my tree lined up just right, so it stands kind of vertical."

LaHatte lives on the Pickin' Daisies. So he has definite opinions about Point Cadet's future.

"Well the first thing I would like to see not happen is them get rid of the marina," he said.

Robin Krohn-David echoed that sentiment.

"I would like to see the marina, Point Cadet marine continue around the corner and come toward the bridge," the museum director said.

Krohn-David's museum just spent two million dollars on a renovation. So any Point Cadet improvements would reinforce her facility's ability to attract new visitors.

"I would like to see more educational, recreational facilities expand in this area," the director said.

The Maritime and Seafood Industry museum sits on the north side of Point Cadet. So it has a vested interest in how the Isle of Capri, the IHL, the city of Biloxi, and the Secretary of State's office redevelop Biloxi's eastern tip.

"I think it's very important," Krohn-David said. "This is the gateway into Biloxi from the bridge."

The Isle of Capri is already investing $70 million on a parking garage and a second hotel for its Point Cadet resort. The casino, and the three public agencies mentioned a few seconds ago, are spending $240,000 to create a long range master plan of what the entire Point Cadet area should look like someday.

Back on the Pickin' Daisies, Bob LaHatte pointed out some green grass that he'd like the Point Cadet developers to protect.

"We like the park area over there," he said, referring to the walks he and his wife often take along the shoreline. "So we'd really like for it, for them to incorporate some kind of really nice park area, with beautiful landscaping and that kind of stuff."

That idea will be considered by the casinos, the public agencies, and the consulting team just hired to map out Point Cadet's future.

by Brad Kessie

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