Pascagoula Residents Give Input On City's Future

Dozens of Pascagoula residents spoke out Tuesday night at Trent Lott Middle School, sharing ideas about the future of the city.

Instead of the usual formal meeting, the Renaissance Commission, made up of tax-paying citizens, was able to sit down with their neighbors and share their vision.

"These tables represent seven different issues. Groups ranging from neighborhood revitalization, to development, to infrastructure, and recreation," Renaissance Chairman Frank Corder said.

"While Katrina did ruin much of the city, residents and commission members say putting their ideas together will make it a better place to live.

"I think it would be fun to have places to shop, or something around here other than Walmart and Walgreens," Pascagoula resident Hallie Grimes said.

"Redevelop the riverfront. Focus on the beach and on tourism, and join local small business as well as national chains. Provide housing both affordable and higher end," Corder said.

"We need to have walkways, we need people to be able to walk and ride bicycles," Pascagoula resident Paul Hembree said.

The commission will hold another meeting Thursday at the Pascagoula High School Cafeteria at 6 p.m.