BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich opened his State of the City Address talking about the city he leads.
"Biloxi is unlike any city in the country. You all know about that Biloxi thing. Some are born with it, some catch it. When you get it, wherever you may be, it never leaves," Gilich said.
A sellout crowd at Beau Rivage heard the Gilich touch on a broad spectrum of topics.
He promised to streamline what has been a frustrating $355 million infrastructure project in East Biloxi. He whet appetites with details on Biloxi's ambitious plans to develop the city's waterfront.
"The waterfront plan is designed to attract families and let people experience the water, to touch your feet in the water. The boardwalk will be 10 to 12 feet around the bay from the bridge to Debuys Rd.," said Gilich.
There's a $6.2 million price tag for that project, and Gilich said the city and Harrison County have $1 million to spend. He'll look for other funding sources.
"We could tap into tidelands funds and access BP restoration money coming to Mississippi," according to Gilich.
The mayor talked about a decrease in crime and excitement building over the possible return of Amtrak passenger service to the coast.
Gilich reinforced the goal of moving Keesler's main gate from White Ave. to Division St. That concept is supported by the Air Force.
Municipal elections will be held in 2017. Gilich intends to seek reelection, and he thinks the city is on the right track.
"The cast is assembled, and we have our act together. I'm really excited about what we can do," Gilich said.
Gilich expanded on the establishment of the Gulf Coast Broadband Initiative, designed to create a fiber optic ring. He said 12 of the 15 cities in the coastal counties are on board with it.