Gulfport Will Study Jones Park Development Ideas In May

On May 8, 2001, the Gulfport City Council will hold a workshop to hear more about new waterfront development possibilities.

A blue ribbon committee studying potential changes to Jones Park and the small craft harbor has chosen a design concept.  As WLOX News reported Monday, the concept under consideration turns the area near the yacht basin sign into a shopping village. It also moves the boat launch to a spot near Moses Pier.  And it moves Rice Pavilion to a spot closer to 20th Avenue.

According to city planners, the drawing moves everything east to open up development opportunities on private property west of the harbor.  They say the Coast Guard building, Marine Life, and Misco Marine could be used for hotels and casinos.

The Florida consulting firm Wallace Roberts and Todd came up with the waterfront suggestions.  Gulfport paid the consultants $125,000 to look at ways the city could renovate the Jones Park area.

If the Gulfport City Council accepts the design concept, Wallace Roberts and Todd will do a detailed study of its recommendation.