Waveland Lighthouse project to begin soon
By Dwayne Bremer
Nov 3, 2017, 23:43
Waveland city leaders said they hope a new lighthouse and restroom facility will provide a unique attraction and help draw more people to the city's beach front.
The Waveland Board of Aldermen recently approved a $1.94 million contract with Bernard and Sons Construction for the new facility.
Earlier this summer, the city rejected several bids because it did not have enough funding.
Mayor Mike Smith said Friday that the city used existing funds and found some new money to help fund the project.
"I'm glad we were able to finally get this done," Smith said. "It was a combined effort."
The city will use some of its annual Tidelands funds along with other grants. In addition, the county will chip in funds from the "Go Mesa account, Smith said. Go Mesa funds are collected from taxes on offshore oil companies, Smith said.
Smith said he believes the bathroom station and lighthouse will increase the popularity of that section of the beach and may ultimately help spur future growth on Coleman Avenue.
"It's hard to draw events such as volleyball tournaments and festivals to the beach because we do not have any bathrooms," Smith said. "We are currently the only city on the Coast not to have a facility. The lighthouse is also a unique attraction.
"The more people we can draw to the city, the more every business will benefit," Smith said.
Smith said the city will host a pre-construction meeting next week and work is expected to begin soon after. The project should take less than a year to compete, he said.