Familes Talk About Possible Loss Of Biloxi Attractions

The Lindbergs came to the coast from Louisiana to enjoy four days of family fun. "We came here because we're on a limited budget," Dawn Lindberg said. "It's easier to come to Biloxi where there are things to do."

On this rainy day, a record 720 parents and kids played games at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. Alabama tourist June Drinkard said her family came to the coast "because there is so much for them to do."

Lynn Meadows is a member of the Gulf Coast Attractions Association. Mary Anne Caldwell is an executive at the discovery center. She said, "I think one of the reasons a lot of families visit the gulf coast is because of our variety of attractions."

Variety is why the Barton family came down from Illinois. "We enjoy it," John Barton said. "We like the beach, the nice new sand. And good eats."

Lynn Meadows staff members worry that family attractions like theirs could suffer if places like Slippery Sams water park are replaced by condominiums or other developments. "If we lose any," said Caldwell, "I think it would be kind of a detriment to families coming down here."

John Barton agreed. "It doesn't make much difference to the adults," he said. "But the grandkids need places to go and things to do."

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