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Biloxi baseball plans in the on-deck circle


On Thursday, Biloxi's planning commission will decide what to do with 19 protected oak trees on the stadium site.  Once that issue is resolved, the $36 million facility has to be built.

Barry Lyons is confident the plans to bring minor league baseball to Biloxi will be a home run for everybody involved.  The former Major League baseball player spoke to the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning and talked about the importance of the business community supporting the effort.

Lyons has been working with the forces behind the initiative to build a stadium across from Beau Rivage and bring a AA team to the coast. 

A series of delays since May, when Gov. Phil Bryant announced funding was in place to build the stadium on Beau Rivage land, have created a few scary moments for the project.  Lyons understands delays are common with big projects like this.  He told chamber members the groups working on the front lines of the baseball deal are keeping the momentum going.

"Biloxi, the state, Harrison County, Beau Rivage and all of the participants in the deal have stood tall and honored their part of the agreement," Lyons said. "Some of the final touches always seem to go down to the 11th hour. I'm confident everything is going to be worked out and be completed in the very near future."

The goal is to have the stadium and the team ready to go in time for the 2015 season.

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