Mayor talks development in Ocean Springs

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran addressed a crowd of about 100 people Wednesday morning at the quarterly "breakfast with the mayor" event at C.J.'s Seafood Restaurant.

The breakfast is sponsored four times a year by the city and chamber of commerce. The mayor touched on several topics, including the creation of a medical business zone in the city.

Moran also talked about the city in relation to Restore Act money that may be coming in the future.

A $17 million mixed used development called Bay Village off Highway 90 peaked the interest of the crowd of about 100 people.

Moran mentioned improvements at the Ocean Springs harbor. Those would include additional boat launches, and the tearing down of property purchased two years ago by the Department of Marine Resources.

Most importantly, the mayor talked about the need to attract additional businesses to the city to take the burden off of homeowners. She proposed the creation of a Redevelopment Commission that could offer tax incentives to businesses willing to locate in the city or expand. Such a commission would be made up of appointed citizens and business leaders.

The ongoing discussion of the city's financial condition was also included in her remarks. Moran stressed the city is facing financial tough times, but is still in good shape.

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