PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - A small town, making small progress. That was the message from Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott Tuesday. He spoke at a Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Mayor at the Boys and Girls Club Qatar Center in Pass Christian.
Mayor McDermott told the 50 business leaders who gathered about several projects in the works. The one he was most excited about was a new business coming to Davis Avenue - "Robin's Nest."
"Robin Roberts has purchased two properties on Davis Avenue in the 200 block," the mayor explained. "She's working with an architect and they'll start the first of the year. Just her name - it's going to be a little business, where she and her sisters are partners."
The mayor said Roberts and her sister Dorothy plan to sell their handmade jewelry at the future business.
Also in the works, a new baseball and football field, complete with concessions. McDermott said that $800,000 facility on Fleitas Avenue should be complete within the next 60 days.
He also said that project signals the end of FEMA-related work in the city. According to McDermott, once that's complete, the city can close out its FEMA bills, and get a true sense of where it stands financially for the first time in nine years.
When asked about a hotel coming to the Pass, the mayor said that's still a very "viable" project; the city is still working with the developer to make it happen.
One area of disappointment - the new harbor. Mayor McDermott is displeased with the number of empty boat slips.
He told WLOX News, "The problem is, it was built for commercial. And right now the oysters are.. it's a very serious situation, because we were counting on the oysters, an extra 75 to 100 boats to come in there. And I looked out there today; I think there's 15 or 20 working. It's a problem I'm worried about. I don't control many things, but nature, I can't control."
Mayor McDermott told business leaders he's trying to get several charter boats to operate out of the new harbor to help bolster business.