Oaks removed from Biloxi stadium site could find a new purpose

The deal calls for the city borrow $21 million to build the stadium on land across from the Beau Rivage on Highway 90 at I-110. The state is chipping in with another $15 million.
The deal calls for the city borrow $21 million to build the stadium on land across from the Beau Rivage on Highway 90 at I-110. The state is chipping in with another $15 million.

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - As talk of building a baseball stadium in Biloxi moves forward, the city's decision to remove 19 live oak trees from the proposed stadium site continues to generate controversy.

Biloxi officials have contacted a Connecticut based maritime museum and offered to give them wood from the trees.

The Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum came to Biloxi in 2006 and collected live oaks destroyed by Katrina. The museum builds replicas of historical ships.

Read more about how the company used trees from Beauvoir to restore a historic ship: http://www.wlox.com/story/4469129/beauvoir-oaks-will-help-restore-historic-ship

A spokesman with Mystic Seaport told WLOX News they would be interested in the live oaks. Dialogue between Biloxi officials and the museum over using the live oaks scheduled to be cut is continuing as both parties want to give the trees a new purpose.

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