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Ocean Springs Gears Up For Cruisers

Crews are scrambling to spruce up the grounds of a 60 room motel, after Katrina flooded the Ocean Springs property with five feet of water.

"This is the lobby area," said Melanie Bosarge. "We had about three feet of water in here, so everything had to be gutted."

Bosarge bought the former Super 8 Motel in December, and is transforming it into Indian Head Station. She's shifting into high gear, trying to open up some rooms in time for Cruisin' the Coast.

"The top 30 rooms have been ready to go," said Bosarge. "It's just a matter of pulling this lobby together."

With 4,000 antique cars expected to roll into Ocean Springs in two weeks, Bosarge is starting to get the jitters.

"Very nervous, because this is the first time for me in the hotel business, and that's quite a big event," said Bosarge. "Not only do you have people coming in from all over, the local people here are such a big part of it."

You can definitely see and sense the excitement in the air in downtown Ocean Springs. All you have to do is look up and see banners that are trying to get the word out that Cruisin' the Coast is coming back to Ocean Springs.

The Ocean Springs Chamber is also welcoming Cruisers downtown with new trash bins, benches, and bike racks.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for our downtown businesses to really promote and get people into the area, and experience all the wonderful things Ocean Springs has to offer," said chamber member Julie Gustafson.

"We're ready to open up," said Bosarge.

Melanie Bosarge hopes the guests and their hot rods will pull in and give her new motel a spin.

"I'm going to be putting a big porch out over the front, so next year for Cruisin', maybe we'll be able to have the hospitality suite here," said Bosarge.

Cruisin' the Coast runs from October 1st through the 8th. This is the event's 10th anniversary. This year's slogan is "Can't beat our Cruisin' spirit."

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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