Moss Point Unveils Post Katrina Rebuilding Plans

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Mayor Xavier Bishop believes Moss Point has enormous potential to be an economically thriving city.

"I have little doubt, five years from now the average person would not recognize Moss Point compared where we are today."

Thursday, Bishop and representatives from several community organizations gave dozens of citizens an up close and personal look at the projects aimed at pushing the city to the next level.

"The most significant projects would be the city hall, and the central fire station, and Main Street Revitalization. We are actually going to be putting in some wider sidewalks, and we are going to be doing some slowing of traffic so we can attract more vendors to come to downtown Moss Point," Community Development Administrator Daphne Viverette said.

With more than $25 million in federal funds to rebuild, Viverette is expecting the city to break ground on the projects soon.

"These projects are significant because they are public facilities, critical facilities. The central fire station is going to be a new facility located out of the flood zone, and so is city hall."

While the plans sound great, Moss Point leaders say citizen support is needed to accomplish these revitalization goals.

"We are going to have to rely on the people that live here, the people's interest in Moss Point, to move the many of these projects along and see them through," Mayor Bishop said.

Business Owner Adam Wilkerson said he's happy Moss Point is finally moving forward.

"I think Katrina has shined some light on the area and it has brought more revenue."

Wilkerson said he is committed to helping the city do bigger and better things in the future.

City leaders say the first round of projects is expected to be completed by 2010.