Diamondhead celebrates birthday
By Jennifer Lenain
Feb 1, 2013, 18:26
Diamondhead city officials on Wednesday will host a party to celebrate the first birthday of the new city.
Diamondhead's incorporation has been a bumpy road, but is making smooth progress, Diamondhead Public Relations Director Wayne Cooper said.
"In our first year we have laid a solid foundation for the future of the city of Diamondhead," Mayor Charles Ingraham said Friday.
The event will be held at the new Diamondhead City Hall, located at 5000 Diamondhead Circle, and divided into two sessions occurring at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m..
The 10 a.m. session will be a slightly shorter occasion than the 6 p.m. event.
Guests will have the opportunity to tour the new facility, the former Diamondhead Baptist Church, which consists of 28,000 square feet that now house city departments.
After much debate, the city took over the church in early January.
"It is with great sadness that the city loses a church," Ingraham said after the vote. "But there may be a blessing in here that the city will now get the church that is of great value to the city. We thank you."
Ingraham will give the city's initial State of the City address at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, along with introduction of the city council.
The mayor will speak on the progress that the city has made since its incorporation, including the creation of all of the city departments and the licensing of golf carts.
Diamondhead has become the only city in Mississippi allowing the use of golf carts on local roads. Ingraham will also give the residents of Diamondhead a glimpse of what developments and plans the current administration has for the city.
Everyone is invited to celebrate Wednesday.