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Biloxi draws up plans for open container districts

The first entertainment district encircles the historic area of Biloxi beginning at IP Casino and wrapping around Back Bay, to Front Beach and then back to just past the I-110 loop. The first entertainment district encircles the historic area of Biloxi beginning at IP Casino and wrapping around Back Bay, to Front Beach and then back to just past the I-110 loop.
The second entertainment district is right along the beach front from just east of Veterans Avenue all the way to DeBuys Road. The second entertainment district is right along the beach front from just east of Veterans Avenue all the way to DeBuys Road.
The third entertainment district will be in north Biloxi at Cedar Lake Bridge. The third entertainment district will be in north Biloxi at Cedar Lake Bridge.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The City of Biloxi will soon officially unveil plans to allow to-go cups; joining Oceans Springs, Long Beach and Gulfport.

Kevin Stolpe of California is accustomed to casino towns that offer drinks to-go.

“I walked across the street to cool down, to get a beer; asked the girl if I could have a roadie to go back to where I'm going back to work and she says, 'I cannot do that.'”

Stolpe thinks the new law will be a good fit for Biloxi.

“I love Mississippi, people are so wonderful,” Stolpe said. “So to have this new law come into effect would just make it more attractive so people go from bar to bar, to home, to wherever.”

John Rogers of North Carolina, who will be moving to the Coast in July, agreed.

“This way, you can just casually mosey along to the next place you’re moving to and you’re not having to hurry down your drink, which is probably a better generally for the atmosphere," said Rogers. 

Biloxi officials have drawn up three different Leisure and Recreation Districts. The first encircles the historic district, beginning at IP Casino and wraps around Back Bay, to the beach front and then back to just past the I-110 Loop.

The second is right along the beach front from about Veterans Ave. to DeBuys Rd, and a third will be in north Biloxi at Cedar Lake Bridge.

“We think it will be really good for our downtown especially, and on West Beach where the restaurant row is,” said David Nichols, Biloxi’s chief administrative officer. “I think you'll see a lot of people going up and down the sand beach, or going out and looking at the sand beach, and looking at the sun sets and using that area as a walkable area.”

Greg Iverson, owner of Adventures Pub & Spirits, says it won’t affect day-to-day operations.

“Probably more important than that is during the community functions like Mardi Gras, Cruisin’ the Coast....where people like to go out into the street, catch their beads, enjoy walking around.”

First reading for the open container districts will be June 14; and a vote is scheduled June 21. Both meetings begin at 1:30 p.m.

The city hopes to have the new districts established in time for when the law takes effect on July 1.

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