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 December 21, 2018 • Volume 2, Number 12 • “Good News You Can Use” cont. on page 3 Seasonal opportunities abound in Long Beach Those who take a stroll down Jeff Davis Avenue in Long Beach after sunset this time of year are sure to get a healthy dose of some good ole’ holiday juju. The streets are bright with holiday lights, store fronts are spruced up with seasonal décor, the public library and City Hall are adorned with festive bows and wreaths, and at the center of it all is a 15-foot tall Christ- mas tree illuminating the Harper McCaughan Town Green. Residents say it’s these simple holiday gestures that only a cozy, quaint town like Long Beach can offer to make the Yuletide season special for everyone. It invites Christmas tradition and pastimes, friendly folks filled with the spir- it of giving, and hopeful hearts By Amanda Compton-Ortiz Housing the Coast for the New Year ahead. Locals and visitors alike agree that Long Beach is a place where people of all ages and abil- ities can get in touch with their Christmas spirit and stir up a bit of holi- day mojo. For some, Christmas is about spread- ing good tid- ings and cheer through festive get-togethers with family and friends or participating in special holiday events like the Long Beach Com- munity Development Associa- tion’s spectacular, one-of-a-kind waterless boat parade fea- turing the Long Beach High School Marching Band and a 25-tug pro- cession that made its way down the Avenue earli- er this month for its fifth consecutive year. Or maybe it’s about supporting charitable causes in the community like the new Harbor Market’s One Stop Christmas Shoppe that raised money for area families in need under a Winter Wonderland theme featuring boutique ven- dors, music, arts and crafts and more. The Long Beach Mayors Youth City Council held its “Give A Grinch A Heart” bike drive for children. Long Beach High and Harper McCaughan Elementary schools joined in the effort by helping raise funds to contribute to the drive – dubbing the event a “Battle of the Schools” competi- tion. High school students raked in $400 and Harper McCaughan raised a whopping $1,500 in donations and bikes for the cause. Long Beach Middle School Stu- dent Council members raised $1,500 to provide Christmas wreaths to the Biloxi Nation- Special to Long Beach Breeze Ed and Nancy Cason of Long Beach shop for a real Christmas tree. FETCH Park moving forward as timber tumbles Bartering has paid off for devel- opers of the new FETCH dog park in Long Beach. The act has cleared timber trees from the site, moving the park one step closer to completion, at the Long Beach Senior and Recre- ation Center on Daugherty Road. The work was performed as a trade - the timber in exchange for the cost of clearing. Movement at the site had been at a standstill until recently. According toBarbReed, president of FETCH, “the trade-off saved several thousand dollars from By Fred Weller FETCH’s expenses.” The FETCH financial balance shows approx- imately $49,000 from a $24,300 grant and $24,700 in fundraising. Reed estimates another $40,000 will be needed to bring the park to fruition as currently envisioned. The major unfinished activities are for landscaping, including fencing, fill dirt and grass. Fundraising activities were increased by $7,500 with the proceeds from an estate sale on November 30 and December 1 at 106 Charleswood. The sale was authorized by Anna Mellen for the benefactor, Carla Treffner, a longtime City of Long Beach employee and an ardent dog lov- er. Mellen said, “I knew that ben- efiting FETCH was what Treffner would have wanted.” The sale was directed by Carol Herr for FETCH. The sale of commemorative pav- er bricks, long and short sleeved T-shirts, dog-themed earrings, dog toys and dog water bottles are available, with 100 percent of sales going to FETCH. Sponsorships are available at different rates for benches, water and waste stations. Reed announced that the Depart- ment of Marine Resources Coastal Consistency permit and the Missis- sippi Department of Environmen- tal Quality have been received, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit is expected soon. All per- mits are needed to move the proj- ect along. A local Girl Scout Troop 3429 presented a bulletin board made from donated recycled plastic to be placed at the park’s entrance. The board will be used as commu- nity information and to post park rules and etiquette. The Scouts will install the board at a height of five feet for convenient reading by all. Jennifer Larson, troop leader, said, “The material used to construct the bulletin board represented over 1,000 one-gallon milk jugs.” The cont. on page 2