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10/15/05

Rebuilding Draft Plans Are Presented To Anxious Crowd

With a few strokes of a pen, the proposed future of a new and improved South Mississippi is finally developing into a reality.

And those plans were presented to local officials and concerned residents Saturday afternoon at the Isle of Capri.

The outlines presented were only drafts, but that didn't stop the entire ballroom from being filled with groups of people sharing ideas on these first rounds of proposals for their respective cities.

It was their job to study the maps and suggest what needs to change, and what can remain the same.

"The energy in here is unlike anything I've seen in a long time. It reminds me personally of being back in architectural school. It's a studio atmosphere, the energy is incredibly high, people are feeding off of everybody's energy and motivating people to I think go above and beyond what their normal level of output is," said Long Beach Ward 5 alderman Mark Lishen.

No two maps looked alike, meaning these teams of architects, planners, and developers tried to capture the uniqueness within each city.

But in the end, it will be up to South Mississippians to determine whether or not these designs feel like home.

The workshop continues Sunday as teams reconvene to fine tune their presentations.

Final presentations will made Monday beginning at 1 p.m.

By Karla Redditte

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