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Pass Christian Residents Celebrate Progress

Instead of focusing on what is gone, the residents of Pass Christian are proud of what has come back to life within its business community since Katrina. That fortitude is what was celebrated Wednesday evening.

Forty-eight businesses have reopened in a city that has long been accustomed to being in the path of disastrous storms.

"It's a testament to the resiliency and ingenuity of our business people. They are just determined that we are going to make this happen, we're going to get back in business, and as you can see, they have," said Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce president Scott Naugle.

Sarah Wittenberg of Heavenly Scents had no doubt she would get her sweet-smelling candle business back up and running. She says Katrina actually allowed her and her husband to delve into a new business venture sooner than expected.

"We're also opening up a restaurant soon and it's also going to be tied in with the candles. It's going to be called Heaven Sent Cafe, and it's going to be located at the Menge exit, exit 24, right there at the interstate," said Wittenberg.

This is just an example of what Pass Christian residents celebrated Wednesday afternoon- what has happened in the city post-Katrina, and what will happen in the months to come.

The residents definitely appreciated this glimmer of hope.

"With everything that is going on, it's good that they do this and get people out and know what is open and what is not," said Pass Christian resident Helen Golsby.

Many see a bright future for the city, a future that no storm can ever take away.  

The One Year Later Celebration was sponsored by the Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce and Dupont Delisle.

By Karla Redditte

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