Developers Say The Tradition Is Ready To Come Out Of The Ground

According to Harrison County development leaders, the state budgeted $12 million so a new path could connect Hwy. 67 and Wortham Road. The parkway will be the main access for a master planned community called the Tradition.

"Gulfport and Biloxi are ready for this type of master planned community," Tradition President Jim Stackpoole said. "It's something new to the area. I think it will offer a lifestyle that hasn't previously been available here."

Stackpoole's company plans on turning 4,600 acres of north Harrison County land into neighborhoods, schools, churches and golf courses.

"It could ultimately have from 12,000-14,000 homesites on it, and be a town of 36,000 and 40,000 people."

If the Tradition can get the environmental permits it needs, Stackpoole said phase one of the nearly $2 billion project could start coming out of the ground in December or January. The initial work would turn the trees north of Tradition Parkway into the complex's first homes.

Harrison County Development Commission Director Mike Olivier believes the project "can be millions and millions of dollars in property taxes once the land rolls get on target."

Eventually, Stackpoole believes the Tradition "will be a city unto its own."

As WLOX News reported Wednesday, Tradition developers donated 80 acres of land to the Nature Conservancy. That land will provide a buffer between the project, and some endangered gopher frogs that live nearby.