When D'Iberville city leaders gave their final go ahead to a 20 acre, 630 unit condo project on Brodie Road, they did so with the blessings of Keesler Air Force officials. They want to make sure condos never interfere with air traffic.
"In D'Iberville, we still have space along our waterfront to encourage more development. We can handle several more condo developments," City Manager Richard Rose said.
To ensure any future developments don't soar too close to the base's air space, D'Iberville officials were treated to a pilot's view from the seat of an Air Force C-130.
"It makes us appreciate their flight path even more so. We know how important it is to keep the heights down," Ward 2 Councilwoman Linda Davis said."
City Manager Richard Rose says the flight provided a unique glimpse of the entire area's past, present, and possible future.
"You can see the growth over the last 12 to 13 years, from casinos and hotels that have sprung up. It's just a beautiful opportunity. We see that from D'Iberville with the new condominium development that's going to be going up."
Like that development, Rose says all that follow will have to have Keesler's approval first.
"We want to get them to get with Keesler, even prior to coming to the Planning Commission, so they can work out the details. The developers might not always like what Keesler has to say, but Keesler is certainly a vital part of our economy here in Harrison County. We're going to keep it that way."
D'Iberville leaders are excited about the city's future, and they know protecting Keesler Air Force Base is part of it.