Early cruisers find plenty of hotels, build tent cities - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Early cruisers find plenty of hotels, build tent cities

Fairl Morrell shows off his smoker he brought to his encampment on U.S. 90 for Cruisin' the Coast. (Photo source: WLOX News) Fairl Morrell shows off his smoker he brought to his encampment on U.S. 90 for Cruisin' the Coast. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Some people have been arriving for a week to create their home away from home at Crusin' The Coast. Those wanting to book a hotel room are finding it pretty easy.

Linda Hornsby, executive director of the Mississippi Hotel and Lodging association, told WLOX News Now that there are still plenty of rooms available throughout the event.

In fact, some hotels have even dropped their prices to attract business. Hornsby says many vacancies were from cancellations by Louisiana residents because they couldn’t make the trip to the Coast.

Other visitors are building their own cities on U.S. 90 that include their own power sources, cooking contraptions, and plenty of food. 

Some of the early campers in Biloxi have been occupying their sacred spots for the past 10 years. Fairl Morrell has put his stake on his rented property north of Highway 90 at the corner of Veterans.

“It's the best spot on the beach,” Morrell said. “So, that’s why we like it. It’s not congested. We come and go. Everybody’s friendly. We’re all friends out here. We get together and everybody foots the bill.”

Patrick McClure has his claim a little west on the south side of the highway.

“I like the camaraderie with my friends, family, McClure said. “All the children come here and we just have a great time. And of course, the hot rods, the rat rods. We really enjoy it.”

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