There's a business boom on Biloxi's Cedar Lake Road. Plans are in the works for more restaurants, retail shops and a new hotel. Businesses the city needs to recover from the storm.
Wednesday afternoon leaders celebrated a first in the city. LaQuinta Inn and Suites will open its doors in less than a year. A business move owner Eduardo Hernandez says was a no brainer.
"I think overall it is exciting to have a project like this coming to Biloxi because it brings more to the economy of the area. We are creating jobs. We are investing in Biloxi. We are paying taxes in Biloxi and we are offering to the residents and the travelers an option that is not available at this time" says Hernandez.
The three story hotel will include 67 rooms including 12 suites. Mayor A.J. Holloway says the new business is needed in the blossoming area.
"This is a hot area in the city of Biloxi right now. A few more fast food restaurants is coming in here. Applebees is coming in here pretty soon. We have several homes and new subdivisions going down to Brody Road and Frazier road and the community is coming back real strong" says Holloway.
As work continues on the LaQuinta Inn, the mayor says crews in the area are also preparing to build a Southtrust Bank. Another new business that will help rebuild and revamp the city of Biloxi.
The LaQuinta Inn and Suites is expected to open for business by November of 2007.