It is a very exciting time to live and visit our quaint little town of Waveland, Mississippi. We have had a very busy year and are continuing to make a lot of positive changes to provide a better quality of life to our citizens and visitors.
Since my last update, a lot has happened within the city. This year’s July 4th celebration for Destination Waveland celebrated the opening of our brand new lighthouse, bathroom and recreational facility. We had 20 vendors and over 4,000 people in attendance, and as usual our fireworks display was just unbelievable. We had the legendary Dave Mayley Band kick things off and Ross Grisham to close out the evening.
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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.
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!