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A Lesson Can Be Found In City Hall's History

This past week Biloxi celebrated the 100th anniversary of the building it now calls City Hall.  Over the years the building has been a post office, a custom building and now city hall. There was a time in Biloxi when folks thought about tearing down the old building and constructing something new.

Just a few miles to the west, residents of Gulfport are trying to decide what to do with the old downtown library building. The Supervisors who took over the building from the city say because of financial concerns they believe it would be better to tear down rather than put money in the structure. But the 'We the People' Committee, made up of concerned Gulfport residents, has been successful in petitioning Archives and History to designate the building a landmark structure.

So, how can this issue be decided with both sides winners. We suggest the supervisors give the residents of Gulfport and the committee sufficient time to see if they can find public and private funds to restore the building. If after the agreed upon time, funds cannot be found to restore the building, then the building could be demolished.

But we believe with all the brain power and determination local residents have shown, money will be found to restore the building. The current Biloxi City Hall is a testimony that new uses can be found for old buildings.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager

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