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Beautification is job number one in Biloxi

For some, the tourists who travel great distances to come here and enjoy what the Mississippi Gulf Coast has to offer, a clean Gulf Coast just might mean a return visit. (Photo source: WLOX) For some, the tourists who travel great distances to come here and enjoy what the Mississippi Gulf Coast has to offer, a clean Gulf Coast just might mean a return visit. (Photo source: WLOX)
Highway 90 medians will be cut, cigarette butts will be a thing of the past and so will loose trash. (Photo source: WLOX) Highway 90 medians will be cut, cigarette butts will be a thing of the past and so will loose trash. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Alan and Lynn Zander are visiting from Texas and taking a few pictures. What is beauty to them?  Alan had the answer.

“It's everything. The beautiful peace, the scenery, the water, the beaches, the cleanliness. It's amazing here and incredibly important,” Alan exclaimed. 

That's why Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich has put in place a beautification program for the city. 

“As you talk with tourists and so forth, they don't know the difference,” Gilich said. “Who is supposed to be cleaning what? We just need to make it clean and get it clean. We're going to do our part and maybe a little bit over our part in order to make that happen.”

City work crews are out in force these days. Highway 90 medians will be cut, cigarette butts will be a thing of the past and so will loose trash. That makes an impression on people like Ralph and Nila Hodges. 

“With it nice and clean, it's more presentable. You want to stop and visit, stay awhile. The beautification of the area, it looks good,” Ralph explained.

For some, the tourists who travel great distances to come here and enjoy what the Mississippi Gulf Coast has to offer, a clean Gulf Coast just might mean a return visit. One of them is Charlotte Emmons, from Texas. 

“It's very important to me, because that's the whole point is coming down here, the beautiful, beautiful landscape. It's important, and it makes us want to come back, and we do come back like three times a year,” Emmons said.

That's the feeling shared by the Bowen family, from Florida. Mother, Tiffany, spoke for the group. 

“We enjoy going somewhere if we're going to spend money going somewhere and having a place that looks good and that we can enjoy and not be distracted by the dirtiness of it,” Bowen said.

That simple message is now being taken to heart.

Gilich says he wants to meet with county and state highway officials to work out a long range plan for beatification efforts on the city's beachfront.

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