Point Cadet projects taking shape in Biloxi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - If you drive over the Biloxi Bay Bridge, you'll see a transformation taking place on Point Cadet. Two projects costing more than $11 million are now well underway.

Steel girders reach into the blue sky, while others mix in with live oaks. The new Biloxi Seafood Museum is taking shape.

"Progress is really coming along, the weather hasn't really been a factor to us. We're running a little ahead of schedule," Job Superintendent Red Redmon said.

Across the street, a new water park is under construction. When it's done, there will be a pavilion, a splash pad, and several other things to see and do. Johnny Patton is the superintendent for that job.

"It feels good to be part of the rebuilding of Biloxi," Patton said. "It's going to be a nice little park that we got going here and I can't wait until it's done."

At the museum, one thing is guaranteed: a spectacular view.

"Looking out or looking in, you get a grasp of what it's all about and what this museum stands for," Redmon said. 

In an area that's still struggling mightily to recover from the after effects of Hurricane Katrina, the companies that are building these projects say they are glad to be a part of re-making the history of Biloxi's Point Cadet.

"Our company is from the coast," Redmon explained,  "So it's real important that we are part of that rebuilding structures. And something like this that means so much to this community makes us real proud to be part of it."

What will also be a part is the attraction and events the museum and park will bring back to the storm ravaged point.

"We're going to see thousands of people come down here to go to these special events," Biloxi Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel said. "When you get traffic like that on a regular basis, which we're going to have, that's going to mean more commercial activity, that's going to mean more interest in Point Cadet."

Both projects are scheduled to be complete in about a year. Katrina recovery funds from FEMA and MEMA are paying for the two new facilities.

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