Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke keeps us up to date with the results of the Waveland tax auctions, the Waveland Christmas Bazaar, a new Coleman Avenue tax abatement and efforts to spruce up the city.
Waveland Christmas Bazaar
The 3rd Annual Waveland Christmas Bazaar is Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum on Coleman Avenue. This free outdoor and indoor event, features local arts, crafts, jewelry, candles and much more. Local restaurants will serve lunch and dinner.
The bazaar is a cash-and-carry-items only event and local businesses are encouraged to participate. This event is a great way to find that unique local gift to give to your family and friends this Christmas.
If you are interested in being a vendor, please email wavelandchristmasbazaar2015@gmail and request a vendor application. The bazaar is attempting not to have duplicated booths, so please list all items that you wish to sell on your application.
Coleman Avenue Tax Abatement
After several months of discussion and amending, Waveland has finally adopted a tax incentive ordinance for the Coleman Avenue District which goes from St. Joseph Street to Terrace Avenue, and from the railroad tracks down to the beach. The tax incentive is available to anyone within the Coleman Avenue District who builds a development valued over $350,000. They will be eligible for up to 100 percent tax abatement for 7 years on ad valorem taxes.
The Waveland Board of Alderman hopes this tax incentive will be the spark that can spur commercial and mixed-used development on Coleman Avenue. I believe the exemption of repealing ad valorem will get Waveland in the conversation for investors to build, which hasn’t been the case in the past. Waveland’s temporarily foregoing ad valorem collection to leverage a long-term gain will be better for all of Waveland. The Board of Alderman is being aggressive to get meaningful development to the once vibrant Coleman Avenue area.
Spruce Up Waveland
During the last week of October, Lowe’s sent out a team of volunteers into Waveland to lend a helping hand to the community. The volunteer group, called Lowe's Heroes, cleaned up gardens along Coleman Avenue, painted the rockers outside the Waveland Library, and repaired the ramp at the Ground Zero Museum, just to name of few of their projects. Lowe’s APOS is and always has been a wonderful steward of goodwill in Waveland.