Long Beach Breeze

PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID LONG BEACH, MS PERMIT NO. 60 Long Beach Breeze P.O. Box 144, Long Beach, MS 39560 November 20, 2018 • Volume 2, Number 11 • “Good News You Can Use” cont. on page 2 Progress takes war guns back to native post Photo by Fred Weller Construction on the Gateway entrance to Jeff Davis from High- way 90 cleared a hurdle when the two naval guns at the Long Beach Harbor were relocated back to War Memorial Park. The work was per- formed by the Long Beach Parks and Recreation Department. The Historical Society plaque at the site near Pine and Church streets captures a major portion of the guns’ history. “Fifteen Long Beach mothers organized into the Long Beach War Memorial Association in 1945 and in 1950 developed it into a park. The memorial shaft (obelisk) were added in 1951. The park was donated to the city in 1952 “...as a memorial to the 10 young men who gave their lives in service to their country during World War By Fred Weller One of two Naval guns located in Long Beach’s War Memorial Park. H O U S I N G T H E C O A S T Casino topic tabled by Gaming Commisson An age-old discussion to bring a casino to Long Beach has been tabled by the state’s Gaming Com- mission. On Thursday, November 15, before a packed house at Long Beach City Hall, Commissioners voted unanimously to table con- sideration of legality of the pro- posed site at the old K-Mart and Sav-A-Center properties north of Highway 90 across from the Long Beach Harbor, where developers are proposing to build a casino. It is the first stage in a two-part process and would not grant By Amanda Compton-Ortiz approval for any kind of construc- tion to take place at the site. Board members were present- ed with detailed reports on the specifics of the proposed site including information on property zoning, surrounding commercial and residential areas, and results of a waterline survey that shows the site is compatible with state law that requires it to be within 800 feet of the shoreline – all things that must be considered before the issue moves forward. Commissioners also welcomed comments from residents who stand on either side of the casino proposal – those in favor and those opposed. Long Beach Mayor George Bass was the first to take his stance on the matter. His comments, he said, represent a majority of citizens who have favored a casino opera- tion in the city since the idea was first presented in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina. “The City of Long Beach needs this,” said Bass, citing the devastat- ing economic impact Katrina had on the city and its local businesses - one it’s still grappling with today. “…We are excited this could be a possibility for Long Beach.” Residents in favor of a casino argue the city would benefit great- ly from increased foot traffic an operation of its kind would attract, increasing interest in the city from outside businesses and tourists, bringing more business to local retailers, creating new jobs and generating additional tax revenue to help fund local and state gov- ernment projects as well as city upgrades and improvements that are long overdue. Opposers fear increases in crime and costs associated with crime prevention and public safety, con- sumption of public services like sewer, water and roadmaintenance, diminishing property values, the cont. on page 12

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