Long Beach holds first concert at new town green

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - It was party time in Long Beach on Thursday night. Hundreds of people came out for the first ever concert at the new Harper McCaughn Town Green. Residents said it's nice to see a downtown that suffered so much devastation in Hurricane Katrina now be a place of celebration.

It was a toe tapping good time listening to the tunes of Roscoe Bandana. People were both excited to see the popular band and to see so many friends and neighbors in the crowd.

"I think it's absolutely fabulous. It's a beautiful place," said Laurie McCrea, a Long Beach resident. "It's great for the city after the loss we suffered in Katrina. This is wonderful to see all of our friends and everybody getting together today for the first time. "

Kym Bass of Long Beach said, "I think it's awesome for the community. We've been rebuilding so much since Katrina. It's awesome to see such an accomplishment right here where there was so much devastation."

After Katrina destroyed Harper McCaughn Elementary, Mayor Billy Skellie said it was important to build something here to enhance the quality of life in Long Beach and attract people downtown. So came the Harper McCaughn Town Green. Now the mayor says area businesses have jumped on board.

"We started meeting a number of months ago with the businesses downtown and actually north of the railroad tracks in the business area," Mayor Skellie said. "[We] got an idea going to have the businesses attached to these events and to sponsor them. We just got a wonderful outpouring of cooperation on this."

With a splash pad, a shoe-fly and a stage, the new town green has something for the young and old. The mayor says there will be a concert every month.

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