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Homeowner building in Katrina devastated area of Biloxi tells others, 'Don't be scared'

Joy Schaubhut is building a home at the corner of Iberville Drive and Highway 90 in Biloxi. She's hoping to inspire others to return to the beachfront. (Photo source: WLOX) Joy Schaubhut is building a home at the corner of Iberville Drive and Highway 90 in Biloxi. She's hoping to inspire others to return to the beachfront. (Photo source: WLOX)
Schaubhut said the spectacular view of the water motivated her decision to build in the area that was hard hit by Hurricane Katrina. (Photo source: WLOX) Schaubhut said the spectacular view of the water motivated her decision to build in the area that was hard hit by Hurricane Katrina. (Photo source: WLOX)
"Don't be scared. If you want to live on beachfront property, then I think Biloxi, Mississippi is a good place to do it," Schaubhut said. (Photo source: WLOX) "Don't be scared. If you want to live on beachfront property, then I think Biloxi, Mississippi is a good place to do it," Schaubhut said. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

There's now new hope for a section of beachfront land in Biloxi that was laid to waste by Hurricane Katrina. It's a six-block stretch from St. John to Rodenberg Avenue. But Joy Schaubhut is on a mission to change the fate of that area.

Schaubhut is building a home at the corner of Iberville Drive and Highway 90. The spectacular view of the water motivated her decision.

"That's it. The number one reason," Schaubhut said. "And I think it's going to be fantastic. I've been in a few spec homes to see what to kind of expect."

But times have changed for those who hope to build 

"We're not building houses like we used to. So a lot of the rules and regulations that were put into place were designed based on what happened with Katrina."

She's also aware of the risk if another storm comes our way. 

"I guess I'll go with the answer that a lot of people say that's what insurance is for. It will be insured if something happens," Schaubhut said. 

And she's hoping to have some new neighbors before long.

"Once one person does it, more people will be interested. So that is definitely part of the hope, that I set a building trend and people come in and there are folks around me."

The construction is already creating excitement with business owners to the west, just past Rodenberg Avenue, in the area known as the old Biloxi strip. They are happy to see this area coming back to life finally. 

Robert Rodgers, who works at Snapper’s Seafood Restaurant, said, "I think it's a good thing. Because with the new housing coming, it will bring more people down here to the beach and showing everyone else that they can rebuild."

So what's Schaubhut's best advice for anyone who wants to follow a dream? Just do it! 

"Don't be scared. If you want to live on beachfront property, then I think Biloxi, Mississippi is a good place to do it.”

Schaubhut hopes to move into her new home in the next few months.

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