City of Pascagoula Presents Post Katrina Plans

Pascagoula Mayor Matthew Avara stood confidently to ask County Supervisors to help revitalize Pascagoula.

"We want to redo the Beach Front, build a promenade that will allow for a more pedestrian friendly walkways," Mayor Avera said.

The new promenade would be located on Beach Boulevard.

The city also wants to build a boardwalk along the sea wall, but that property belongs to the county.

"What we anticipate is a board walk on the southern most part of the sea wall, and also taking sand where it ends on the east end to the west end to the Point."

Those plans drew questions and comments from supervisors.

"I do not want to take off running before the Corps of Engineers, we see whatever magnitude of project that they have, for example in Ocean Springs they are interested in raising the height of the road," Supervisor Frank Leach said.

Next on the list, the Old Heniz building which has been closed for years. The mayor wants to turn the eyesore into a useful part of a Waterfront Development plan which includes housing and restaurants.

"We want to change that foot print from railroad to the south of the bridge," Avara said.

Third on the list, saving the historic Old Spanish Fort.

"The bulk head has collapsed, the big oaks trees have collapsed and it needs immediate attention," Avara said.

"I believe the city is in better shape to mantain that property," Board President Tim Broussard said.

While no decisions were made, supervisors and city leaders say they plan to work together to revitalize Jackson County.