Revenue In Downtown Moss Point Picks Up After Katrina

The phone has been ringing off the hook at School and Carnival Supplies in Moss Point, since its opening.

"Moving in this area is a big plus for us," General Manger Dionne King said.

While workers make sure the store is stocked with supplies, the one thing they have plenty of is business.

"We seem to be doing extremely well. I was not quite sure how the area was economically."

Burnham Drugs is also seeing a revenue increase. The 90-year-old store was remodeled after being flooded by Katrina. And the new look is attracting more customers.

"We have a lot of people for the first time trying our deli and prescription department. We have been real pleased," owner John McKinney said.

"I am pleased with the direction downtown Moss Point is going," Moss Point Mayor Xavier Bishop said.

Mayor Bishop said since the storm, sales tax in the city has increased tremendously.

"We have seen a steady increase in sales tax from as low nine percent to as much as a 60 percent increase in January."

With 35 percent of the 350 businesses in the downtown area now open, Mayor Bishop believes things will only get better.

"We are going to relocate City Hall and our rec. center, and replace those with retail space. We also want to use the river as a means of transportation to point out to people that there is one more way to reach downtown," Bishop said.