What's Up Waveland - January 2021
- by Mayor Mike Smith
Mayor Mike Smith updates residents about ongoing projects in Waveland and gives a hint of things to come in 2021.
- by Mayor Mike Smith
Update: Unfortunately, on 12/9, Waveland canceled all the events listed here because of the COVID-19 spike.
Waveland alderman Jeremy Burke updates us on Waveland's Family Christmas Festival, the Christmas Parade, an exciting exhibit at the Ground Zero Museum, and the last Food Truck Friday of the year.
Waveland alderman Jeremy Burke updates us on the rescheduled Veterans Day Parade; Hurricane Zeta cleanup; and plans for the 2020 Christmas Parade!
Waveland alderman Jeremy Burke updates us on Waveland's Halloween bash, Veteran's Day parade, Hurricane Laura relief efforts, and the next Food Truck Friday event.
Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke shares information about the special election coming up; and how to report an issue in Waveland.
Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke shares information about new limitations to in-person access to city services; Waveland's return to virtual meetings; and an update on the Nicholson Avenue project.
The concept for a raised "boardwalk" goes public with a rendering showing a beachfront shopping district, a town green and a new marina.
- Story by Dena Temple
Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke shares details of a recent energy audit; sad news about the annual Fourth of July fireworks; and the next Food Truck Friday.
This month, Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke provides details on a new construction project, and welcomes everyone back to Food Truck Fridays!
- Photos by Richard Gleber and Dena Temple
This month, Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke explains necessary changes to the annual Relay For Life benefit and offers thanks to those of us who have worked through the coronavirus outbreak.
- Photos by Dena Temple and the American Cancer Society
With misinformation and conflicting information bombarding us, it’s hard to know what to believe – or who. Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke offers assurance that the current precautions won’t last forever – and why it’s important for all of us to follow them today.
- Photo courtesy Shoofly archive
Alderman Jeremy Burke shares the details of Waveland's upcoming St. Patrick's Day parade, always a great time.
- 2019 parade photos courtesy of the Shoofly Magazine archives
Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke provides details on an important fundraiser coming up, as well as information on the 2020 Krewe of Nereids parade.
Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke reviews the city's accomplishments in 2019 and reveals the board's direction for 2020.
Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke shares details of exciting upcoming events in town, plus big beach news.
For more information, visit our “Christmas on Coleman” Facebook page, contact Waveland City Hall, or contact Kristen Tusa via email at email@example.com.
Waveland Food Truck Friday
The last Waveland Food Truck Friday for 2019 will take place on Coleman Avenue on Friday, December 13th from 5:00-8:00 pm. The section of Coleman Avenue in front of Studio Waveland will be closed to vehicular traffic to accommodate the food trucks and allow participants to set-up a canopy tent, table and chairs if they choose.
Waveland Food Truck Friday admission is free and open to the public. Food can be purchased through the food trucks. The Waveland Civic Association will have a table set up selling beer, soft drinks and water. Baked goods will also be available for purchase. Studio Waveland will be open late for a little Christmas shopping while on Coleman Avenue, and there will be musical entertainment, thanks to the generous sponsorship from the Silver Slipper Casino.
Use the hashtag #downtownwaveland on your social media post so everyone can see all the good food and the great time you are having!
Handicapped Beach Access
Waveland is currently soliciting bids to construct a handicapped water access ramp at the beach.
The access ramp would allow wheelchairs to have quick and easier path from the Coleman Avenue beach parking lot to the beach and into the water.
This project was conceived from a suggestion submitted by a resident several years ago. It has taken Waveland a few years to hammer out the logistics and receive the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Tideland funding for this project, but it is hopeful that soon it will become a reality.
In my opinion, having access to the Waveland beach in this way will be life-changing for disabled people. It is an incredibly worthwhile investment which will generate endless returns for our community.
The bids will be opened in January, 2020, and we anticipate that Waveland will be able to award in early spring.
Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke shares details of three exciting upcoming events in town.
The parade coordinator asks that veterans complete a parade entry form or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (228) 209-7399. Parade entry forms are available at Waveland City Hall and Bay Books (131 Main Street, Bay St. Louis).
Waveland Christmas Bazaar
Waveland's Ground Zero Museum will hold its Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 23. The day begins with a pancake breakfast from 7:00 am until 9:00 am. The cost of the pancake breakfast is $5.00 per person and is sponsored by the Waveland Civic Association.
The Waveland's Ground Zero Museum Christmas Bazaar will be held from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Products offered include candles, jewelry, books, art and ceramics, just to name a few categories. A lunch will be available for purchase with food provided by Chappy's Rum Kitchen.
Vendor spots are full. For more information about this event, contact the Waveland Ground Zero Museum at (228) 467-9012.
Waveland Food Truck Friday
I hope to see everyone on Coleman Avenue on Friday, November 8, between 5:00-8:00 pm for Waveland Food Truck Friday. Coleman Avenue in front of Studio Waveland will be closed to accommodate the food trucks and allow you to set-up a canopy tent, table and chairs if you choose.
Waveland Food Truck Friday admission is free and open to the public. Food and drinks can be purchased through the food trucks. The Waveland Civic Association will have a table set up selling beer, soft drinks and water.
Waveland Food Truck Friday will have musical entertainment, thanks to the generous sponsorship from the Silver Slipper Casino.
Use the hashtag #downtownwaveland on your social media post so everyone can see all the good food and the great time you are having.
November Meeting Dates
Next Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting
Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30PM
This month, Waveland Mayor Mike Smith picks up a pen to bring us up to date on events and important projects in our seaside town.
I am also very proud that we recently opened up the first dog park in Hancock County, with a section for both small and larger furry friends. On that same day we officially opened the City of Waveland town green between the Ground Zero Museum and the Library. This will be an area that everyone can enjoy and will be the home of our Festival of Lights this year. We will do our official tree lighting and Christmas parade with Santa Claus all in this location on December 7 starting at 5:00.
We also are about 80% finished with our new community center at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which is slated to open in November. The community center will include a new playground, a resurfaced basketball court and a new and improved stage for our community to enjoy. We are in the final stages of the city-wide sewer program, which was a $5.5 million infrastructure project, intended to reduce infiltration and save thousands in treatment costs.
Last but not least, we have about 30% of the Waveland Avenue sidewalk project complete, which adds sidewalks on both sides of Waveland Ave. This project has been the works for over four years; it is a much needed safety project for pedestrians along one of the busiest streets in Waveland.
I am excited for all of our accomplishments, and I appreciate the fact that your Aldermen and I continue to work together for the citizens in our community. It is a pleasure to serve as your Mayor!
Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke reports on a new event on Coleman Avenue; the acquisition of land for a new park; and a second Waveland lighthouse?
The next Waveland Food Truck Friday is scheduled for Friday, October 18 from 5 to 8 pm. You can “like” Waveland Food Truck Friday on Facebook to keep up with the latest news about the events.
Avenue B Park
The city of Waveland is acquiring two parcels at the corner of Caspian and Avenue B in order to construct a park. Waveland saw a need for a park on the north side of Highway 90, and the property being acquired will be gifted to Waveland by the Mississippi Secretary of State. Once the property officially belongs to the city, building the park will be one of the top priorities for the city of Waveland.
I will call you, Mini Lighthouse
The City of Waveland is now the home to not one, but two lighthouses. Well, kinda. The Arts, Hancock County recently donated a replica of the Waveland Lighthouse to the city. The replica lighthouse originally made its debut at the Studio Waveland Street Party on Coleman Avenue in June and made another appearance in front of the original Waveland Lighthouse at the July 4th Destination Waveland event.
City of Waveland appreciates the artists that put in hundreds of hours in creating this lovable masterpiece.
Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke reports on an important court decision that benefits Waveland residents; and recognition of the Waveland Business of the Year.
Waveland owes a great deal of gratitude to Senator Cindy Hyde Smith, Senator Roger Wicker and Congressman Steven Palazzo for this endeavor. Without their leadership and perseverance Waveland would still be at a standstill.
Business of the Year
I would like to congratulate Pearl River Community College Hancock Center for being elected by the Hancock Chamber membership as the Waveland Business of the Year.
Pearl River Community College Hancock Center provides local students with an opportunity to receive a quality education right here in Waveland. Pearl River Community College Hancock Center opened right before Katrina then reopened shortly after Katrina in a trailer in order to continue the mission of educating Hancock County students.
What a blessing Waveland has that students can receive a top-notch education with just a short drive, bike ride or even walk to the Pearl River Community College Hancock Center. Congratulations to Pearl River Community College Hancock Center.
Waveland Food Truck Friday - August 9
Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke reports on Waveland Taco Fest 2019; HemFest in Paris; and the recent MML Conference in Biloxi.
- Photos by Lionel Haynes, Jr
Ernest Hemingway's 120th birthday celebration will continue on Saturday, July 20 with the 1K "No Bull Fun Run." The Fun Run begins at the intersection of Central Avenue and Coleman, and registration opens at 5:00. The "bulls" will be roller derby ladies on skates, and runners are encouraged to wear your best whites and a red scarf! The race entry is $25 per person in advance.
To purchase your tickets for either event, contact Joanne Boyd at (985) 249-1103, or reserve your tickets at wavelandgroundzero.com.
Waveland Taco Fest 2019
Waveland Taco Fest 2019 will take place on Saturday, July 27 from 3:00-8:00 pm on Coleman Avenue.
This is an event to help support Madison Dobson. Madison, the 8-year-old daughter of Joe and Mindy Dobson of Waveland, was recently diagnosed with CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). CRPS /RSD is a disease of the central and autonomic nervous systems. It is the most painful medical condition known to man at 45/50 on the McGill Pain scale. Since January, Madison has battled pain, numbness and loss of mobility in both legs and feet. She also struggles with nerve pain internally in her stomach, esophagus, spleen and liver.
This disease progresses rapidly, and there is no cure. We have sought treatment over the last few months through many of the south’s best doctors and pediatric specialists with no luck. She is in Stage 1 of full body CRPS, and we are hoping to seek treatment before the disease progresses any further.
Before this illness, Madison loved gymnastics and lived for competitions and watching Olympians on YouTube. She is a very self-motivated and determined little girl, always excelling in everything she tries, best described by her parents and siblings as the overachiever of her family of nine.
Waveland Taco Fest will feature a taco cookoff competition, unlimited taco tasting, live music, craft vendors, limbo competition and much more. Taco Fest will be a fun event for a worthy cause. If you think you have the best tacos in South Mississippi, prove it and enter a team.
Please visit Taco Fest’s website for additional information and to purchase advance tickets for the event.
MML Conference 2019
Local officials attended the Mississippi Municipal League Conference last month in Biloxi. (L-R): Waveland Mayor Mike Smith, Bay St. Louis Councilman Gene Hoffman, Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke, Bay St. Louis Councilman Doug Seal, Waveland City Clerk Mickey Lagasse, Bay St. Louis Mayor Mike Favre, Bay St. Louis Councilman Jeffrey Reed, and Bay St. Louis City Attorney Heather Smith.
During the week of June 24-26, Mayor Mike Smith, Alderman Charlie Piazza and I attended the 88th Annual Mississippi Municipal League Conference in Biloxi. The MML Conference has over 2,500 attendees and is a great opportunity for public officials to get professional training and to network with other public officials from all over Mississippi.
Mayor Mike Smith was recognized at the conference for completing his Advanced Level Certified Municipal Official of the Certified Municipal Official (CMO) program. Mayor Smith is currently working on fulfilling the requirement for the final level of the CMO program, the Professional Development level.
I completed the final level of the Certified Municipal Official program, the Professional Development level in 2018 and was recognized at this conference for my accomplishment. Although I have no more levels to complete, I will continue to attend classes because I never want to stop learning.
Although the certification course is voluntary, receipt of the designation of Certified Municipal Official requires completion of core courses: Municipal Organization, Municipal Law, Municipal Finance, Municipal Land Use and Community Development. The CMO program provides the participants training to become more effective leaders for Waveland.
Established in 1931, MML represents 295 city, town and village governments in Mississippi. The mission of the MML is helping cities and towns excel through training, lobbying at the state and federal level, and providing resources and networking opportunities with state, federal and private entities. For more information about the Mississippi Municipal League, visit www.mmlonline.com.