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Waveland holds beautification blitz on Hwy. 90

They are picking up litter, mowing grass, spreading mulch, and planting flowers. (Photo source: WLOX) They are picking up litter, mowing grass, spreading mulch, and planting flowers. (Photo source: WLOX)
Mayor Mike Smith, along with dozens of city workers and volunteers, set out on a “beautification blitz.” (Photo source: WLOX) Mayor Mike Smith, along with dozens of city workers and volunteers, set out on a “beautification blitz.” (Photo source: WLOX)
Smith said appearance matters greatly, not only in welcoming visitors, but also recruiting new business to the area. (Photo source: WLOX) Smith said appearance matters greatly, not only in welcoming visitors, but also recruiting new business to the area. (Photo source: WLOX)
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) -

The main business corridor in Waveland got a little tender loving care Friday. Mayor Mike Smith led a team of city workers and volunteers on a beautification blitz along Hwy. 90.    

Weed whacking, trash pickup, mulching, and fertilizing. It was all part of the concentrated effort to beautify the main business corridor in Waveland. Smith came up with the Friday morning improvement project.

“Let's do just a big sweep of Hwy. 90, not only picking up litter, cutting grass, doing some planting. Then, if a business wants to step out and give us a hand, we would certainly appreciate that,” said Smith.

The highway is a focal point in Waveland, both for businesses and visitors.

“That's our gateway from the west, and it's very, very important, because we have so many people from Louisiana that live here on the weekends or come over for the summertime,” said Waveland resident Tommy Kidd.

Visitors notice the appearance of that gateway. Looks matter.

“They matter a lot. We have many, many compliments about what's going on since the mayor hired a beautification person, and we're getting a lot of things cleaned up that weren't clean before,” said Kidd.

The trash pickers found the usual assortment of soft drink cans, beer bottles, assorted wrappers, and such. Smith said he'd love to see an ongoing cleanup program along Hwy. 90.

“What I want to do is reach out to the businesses and get them to be a part of their front yard, if you will. I want those business owners to know that we're here to help. So, if they want to get involved, they certainly can,” said Smith.

“Beautification of a city is most important to attracting more people, and we certainly have room to bring in more businesses, and we're hoping to bring in more residents as well,” said Kidd.

Smith said he's talked with Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame about a joint beautification project along Hwy. 90 in their two cities.    

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