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Pascagoula improvement plan draws mixed reaction

Plans to upgrade a popular fishing and boating spot in Pascagoula are drawing mixed reactions from people in the community. Plans to upgrade a popular fishing and boating spot in Pascagoula are drawing mixed reactions from people in the community.
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Plans to upgrade a popular fishing and boating spot in Pascagoula are drawing mixed reactions from people in the community. Pascagoula leaders agreed this year to invest more than a million dollars on the makeover. But some worry the construction might crowd their space.

The Pascagoula Point was bustling with activity this 4th of July. There were dozens of people boating, relaxing, grilling, and even fishing. But city leaders said it's hard to ignore the popular spot needs some work.

"This area is prime for redevelopment in Pascagoula," said Councilman Frank Corder.

According to Corder, the city plans to spend $1.4 million to give the aging area a much needed facelift.  

"Resurface the entire area, put in new stripping for actual parking spaces, boat spaces, trailer spaces," Corder said. "And also provide new decorative lighting, provided there is boardwalk around the edges for fishing and walking." 

But folks like Jerry Stennis who come here every week said the Point is just fine the way it is.

"Save the money and put it toward something else like education," Stennis said. "It is plenty of places to park, it is plenty of places to go and relax, and I don't think a whole of construction coming in here is going to do any good."

Others disagree and they said the makeover will be money well spent. 

"The parking lot needs to be repaved; it probably has not been repaved since my dad was in high school," said Moss Point Resident Tyler Denmark. "After looking at the boat launch under the Pascagoula Bridge, changes like that should be made." 

The improvement work will not start until after boating season. Corder hopes everyone will jump on board with the new plan. 

"This is one of those areas that holds a lot of pride for the people in the city. So, to improve this area I think is one of the prime targets for our council," Corder said. 

Corder said the city also considering building an amphitheater at the Point to hold different events for the public. The improvement work should be finished before boat next year's boating season. 

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