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Ambitious waterfront plans in Biloxi

Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich has plans for a major project for the city.  (Photo source: WLOX) Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich has plans for a major project for the city. (Photo source: WLOX)

Earlier in November, Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich presented a seven year, 700 million dollar economic development plan to the city council. One of the most intriguing projects is the mayor's vision for the city's waterfront.

Imagine a major development that would run from Biloxi Back Bay near Interstate 110, all the way around the peninsula to the small craft harbor.

The project would capitalize on the rich history of Biloxi's seafood industry and showcase the scenic waterfront.

"The mayor wants Biloxi to be here for the next generation of visitors and residents so they can appreciate the things that made Biloxi famous. It's very ambitious, and it just spells Biloxi," said public affairs manager Vincent Creel.

The blueprint includes marinas, restaurants, retail and seafood related development. 

The project will cost $100 million. That could come from both public and private sources, including Restore Act BP fine money.

"They're looking at federal grants and of course tidelands money that generates about $10 million a year. We're talking about a long term plan. This won't happen overnight. We may have to build it in phases. There needs to be public input as well as from our stakeholders. Whenever that restore act money comes in, he wants to say here's our plan and here's what we want to do in Biloxi. It'll be great for Biloxi, the Gulf Coast and the state of Mississippi," Creel said.

There is a long way to go towards achieving such an ambitious goal. A series of public meetings would be held and the Gilich administration is working with local, state and federal officials to explore funding options.

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