Residents Share Ideas For Rebuilding East Biloxi

Like many South Mississippians, Mary Kay Huska now lives in a FEMA trailer because her East Biloxi neighborhood was destroyed. But now she is concerned that once her neighborhood is restored, she won't be able to afford to live there.

"I don't know why they want to build all these condominiums over here because people don't have that kind of money to pay all that much money for condominiums, in East Biloxi especially," said Huska.

She and other residents brought their concerns and ideas of how to rebuild East Biloxi to the Howard Avenue Community Center Thursday afternoon.

They met with representatives of Living Cities, a New York-based organization helping to construct an action plan to assist in the overall renaissance of the city.

"The issue is not lack of information. There is lots of information, but our objective here is to pull together that information in ways that are more understandable, so that people don't have to go to ten different locations to get it," said Living Cities Gulf Coast consultant Gordon Brigham.

For the next few weeks, community members will meet with representatives of the organization to come up with realistic and financially feasible plans to rebuild East Biloxi.

These plans are expected to compliment other plans arising out of the Renaissance Steering Committee and the East Biloxi Coordination and Relief Center.

Once everything is completed, residents like Mary Kay Huska hope to be pleased with the results.

The next meeting with Living Cities will be held next Thursday, May 4 at the Howard Avenue Community Center at 6 p.m.