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City wants a boardwalk along the Biloxi Strip

Biloxi would like for locals and visitors to be able to enjoy the view and sunshine from a new boardwalk.  (Photo source: WLOX) Biloxi would like for locals and visitors to be able to enjoy the view and sunshine from a new boardwalk. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Some restaurant owners said a boardwalk would be perfect to tie together the growing number of businesses along the Biloxi Strip. This week, the city hired architect Frank Genzer. One of the projects he'll be taking on is the design of a new beach boardwalk from Rodenberg Avenue to Camellia Street.  

The idea is already quite popular.

Salty Oyster and Shaggy's are two restaurants at one Biloxi beachfront location. With wait times at Shaggy's sometimes as long as four hours, owners said they opened the Salty Oyster to help feed hungry customers more quickly.  

"With that demand, we've created this space to allow a lot more outdoor seating so they can enjoy the beautiful view and the nice sunshine," said Khara Whitman, Director of Operations. 

Biloxi would like for locals and visitors to be able to enjoy the view and sunshine from a new boardwalk. 

"It brings more amenities and excitement. Like in Florida, that's what they all bring to the table," said Councilwoman Dixie Newman. "We have to compete with that. Everybody, since Katrina, keeps saying Biloxi hasn't come back, and we don't have anything to do for children. A boardwalk, these restaurants, bringing something to the table for our children, our families and tourists to do, so it's very exciting." 

The proposal also calls for a boat launch at the end of Camellia Street, added parking and informational kiosks. Restaurant owners said the boardwalk would make it easier for customers to move from one business to another.

"I think it's going to bring that level of connectivity to this whole beach right here," said Whitman. "I can remember coming down as a child and being able to hop from go carts to restaurants to all sorts of different things on the beach. But, we've never had that type of a boardwalk to connect it all together. I think that will also help everyone. Just to be able to park and being able to walk and connect us all together versus having to park, get out and then go park at another restaurant or another bar or another venue. You can just walk the boardwalk to it."

Biloxi leaders said in order to design and build the boardwalk, the city will need the support and cooperation of the state and Harrison County.     

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