BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Cruisin' the Coast is just around the corner, and officials are working out the final details on what they hope will be one of the best years ever.
In fact, organizers hope the event will break last year's record and pull close to 7,500 participants. Those plans include a big change in Biloxi.
Traffic control will be a challenge but not impossible in Biloxi for this year's Cruisin' the Coast. Maj. Jim Adamo and the Biloxi Police Department have been ironing out parking plans for the cruisers for several months.
"I think we have a really good, solid plan about getting the vehicles in here, getting them parked and still leaving plenty of room for the participants to come and the spectators to come and enjoy all the vehicles to be here," Adamo said.
In addition to its annual Block Party for Cruisin' on Oct. 7, Biloxi will host a salute to the veterans on Oct. 6.
The biggest player in these new plans in downtown Biloxi is a venue that wasn't here before; MGM Park.
The veteran celebration was at Cruise Central last year at Centennial Park in Gulfport, but executive director Woody Bailey said the event is getting bigger and needs more room. Thanks to the Shuckers and Overtime Sports, Cruisin' will be able to test out a new venue.
"Number one, this is a brand new experience for our cruisers," Bailey said. "This event here with the salute to the veterans on Tuesday is going to be great. We have really a lot of room for spectators this year. You can come and sit in the stadium. That's a new experience."
Cruisers will be parked inside the stadium on the warning track, then outside on stadium grounds, and then along the southbound lanes of Caillavet. Two-way traffic will be allowed on Caillavet's two northbound lanes.
Adamo estimates he can park about 1,000 classic cars in and around MGM Park. He added he will have about 25 officers working both the block party and veterans salute to keep traffic moving and pedestrians safe.
"This is new, and any time you do something for the first time, it takes a lot of coordination," Adamo said. "We've been very fortunate that Woody Bailey and Tim Bennett have been able to sit down with them and come up with a concrete plan of what's available, what's the best way to do it."