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Gulfport leaders and business owners excited about new development proposals

The city attorney says it will likely be the first of the new year before a proposal is accepted. (Photo source: WLOX News) The city attorney says it will likely be the first of the new year before a proposal is accepted. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Kelly says investors are willing and ready to spend money along the waterfront. (Photo source: WLOX News) Kelly says investors are willing and ready to spend money along the waterfront. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

After three years of dreaming, an idea was conceived by the city's administration and council to bring a new building to south-end of the downtown area.

City leaders say they want to breathe life back into the Harbor, and they're well on their way to doing just that. Gulfport Redevelopment Commission officials have been talking, and now they're taking action and their is the southern tip of downtown Gulfport.

"We want a city that's inviting. We want there to be wonderful restaurants to eat and have them have an experience that will bring them back time and time again," Gulfport's Chief Administrative Officer John Kelly said.

During the past few months, the downtown area has grown significantly, and businesses in the area like the idea of being a part of more growth.

"That sounds perfect. I would love it, definitely for our customers also. It would definitely bring a bigger boom to the business," said the manager at PJ's Coffee. "And not only that, bringing a different variety of what ever is going to be proposed." 

Kelly says because of insurance costs two - three years after Katrina, businesses were skeptical about having property near the water. But 10 years later, that's no longer a worry. Investors are willing and ready to spend money along the waterfront.

With a positive number of proposals, the GRC and city are now trying to figure out which is the best vendor to accommodate their vision.

"The dream of the GRC and the city is to find a vendor that can operate a fuel dock, potentially, operate a restaurant  and operate a lodge within the harbor," Kelly said. "That will give residents and visitors a like an opportunity to come sit on our deck, have a nice meal overlooking the Mississippi Sound and at the same time fill up the boats or what ever else they need to do."

The city's attorney says it more than likely won't be until the first of the year before they accept a business proposal.

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