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New Homes Going Up On Waterfront

William Strayham carefully guided a table saw across a piece of lumber.

"It's been a lot of work and I kind of enjoy it, but I'm just about to the point where I'm ready for a little vacation," he says.

But on this Labor Day, William isn't vacationing. He's working on his new home with another holiday in mind. 

"Our plan is to move in Thanksgiving Day, so I've got a little less than three months to go, but I think we're going to make it."

Strayham's raised house is only one of two going up in block after block of trailers and campers just inside the Jackson County line. Next door is Matthew Dellenger's house. It's finished and the Dellenger Family will soon move in. 

"It's beautiful out here, nice lifestyle being on the water. So we weighed a lot of options, what we were going to do. But our dream was to live on the water back here in Biloxi, so we weren't going to let anything stand in our way," he says.

A lot of people on the street share the same dream of waterfront living. Dellenger and Strayham say a lot of their neighbors have their permits and it's just a matter of time before more home construction is underway.

"I think there's issues of insurance. People are waiting for insurance money. There's just a wait and see attitude to see what's going to happen here on the coast," Dellenger says.

Strayham adds, "There's three or more coming right behind us right here on the same side of the road, so we're real excited about that."

They know another hurricane can again destroy their little piece of paradise, but Dellenger and Strayham say for their picture perfect view, it's worth the risk.

by Marcia Hill

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