South Mississippi sprucing up for classic car visitors

Published: Sep. 30, 2013 at 9:55 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM CDT
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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The final countdown is on for this year's Cruisin the Coast. America's "biggest block party" officially kicks off in less than a week. And with thousands of visitors expected, South Mississippi is busy preparing.

There was much activity Monday along Highway 90. Harrison County work crews scooped sand off the sidewalks outside the Coast Coliseum.  Just down the road, another county crew was busy mowing the medians.

"If you don't look good, people are going to think you don't have pride in your community. And we want them to see our pride by the fact that we care to keep it clean," said Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce Director Tina Ross-Seamans.

Jim Tallent's '37 Ford is among the first classic cars to arrive.

"I bought it here about six years ago," he said.

But this time around, the Georgia resident hopes to sell the classic coupe. And Cruisin the Coast is the perfect venue to find a potential buyer.

"We have a lot of family here, so we enjoy that number one. And we just enjoy the cars. Sitting out and watching them. Everything from A to Z in automobiles here," said Tallent.

Biloxi public works crews are doing their part to prepare the beach front highway.  They're deploying more than a thousand barricades that will help police with traffic control.

Early bird RVs are already arriving to enjoy "America's biggest block party." Those with the right connections can have a pretty good place to set up. Or you can pay for that privilege at any number of vacant lots along Highway 90. Those lots will fill-up quickly as Cruisin the Coast 2013 draws closer.

"I know the businesses are looking forward to having all the cruisers coming in," said Ross-Seamans

Cruising the Coast 2013 officially kicks off this Sunday. Headquarters for the event will once again be Centennial Plaza in Gulfport. More than 6,000 cars are expected for this year's event.

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