Progress is being seen in East Biloxi

Much of Biloxi has made progress after Katrina, but if you drive around East Biloxi you still see many slabs and vacant properties.

A once busy commercial dock now has many areas where boats can no longer park, but sawdust lying on the broken wood is a sign improvements are underway.

Biloxi Councilman Bill Stallworth said, "We are going to rehab the commercial dock at the end of Lee Street getting that some additional boat ramps."

Already part of the railing has been put up and it will not be long until fishermen again have a place to dock their vessels.

Just down the road the Kroc Center has opened it's doors.

Stallworth said, "The community is extremely excited that we finally have a first class recreation facility here. This is beyond most peoples' imagination; it is going to be the cornerstone of this community."

It has not even been a week since the Kroc Center opened and people in the area are already hopeful about the future.

East Biloxi Resident Zachary Parker said, "I think it is going to come back together, get everyone to reunite, come here have a good time."

Another resident Ganece Darden agrees, "The Kroc Center opening I think that is wonderful and tremendous, I would say, gift to the community that gives us a sense of hope and a sense that we will be one big happy family again."

Katrina's fury came down hard on this area. City officials say three thousand homes were destroyed and the rest were underwater.

Darden said, "At one point we had all lost hope, as you know being in East Biloxi that was once a thriving community and a part of town, and now it seems that everything is coming back."

Parker said, "I think a lot of people will come back since they have a new Kroc Center open. "

Councilman Stallworth says it is evident this center will make a difference.

"The moral is definitely on the upswing and we are going to continue to work as hard as we can to build a better Biloxi and it is just going to be a wonderful place," Stallworth said.

East Biloxi has also recently welcomed The Coastal Family Health Clinic and a new library and cultural center.

According to the Biloxi Development Director Jerry Creel the additions will not stop there, he said the city hopes to announce a few other projects planned for the area within the next month.

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