How long must Gulfport residents wait?

Have you taken a look lately at the two libraries serving Gulfport, the second largest city in the state?

You have a double wide just off Pass Road which is laid out nicely, but has far fewer books than was in the main library downtown before Hurricane Katrina heavily damaged the building Then you have the Orange Grove branch which was overcrowded before Katrina and is now busting at the seams.

Library trustees want to rectify the problems by building a new main library in Orange Grove and a new library somewhere downtown.  However, that plan is still being held hostage by a group of folks who want to save the old damaged downtown library building. We again urge these folks to find some private capitol and buy or lease the facility.

Our concern is that the citizens of Gulfport need new library facilities right now. Even if construction could start today, it would be at least another year before it could be complete. Add that to the three and a half years that have already passed and we ask how much longer do Gulfport residents have to wait?

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager