Diamondhead celebrates its first ‘birthday’
By Dwayne Bremer
Feb 8, 2013, 18:25
The city of Diamondhead celebrated its first birthday Wednesday with a celebration at the city's new city hall.
The festivities included Mayor Chuck Ingraham delivering the "State of the City" address where he recapped the city's first year and outlined the future.
"We are a young city, but we are a vibrant one," Ingraham told the crowd of about 300 residents Wednesday.
On Feb. 6, 2012, Diamondhead officially became a city.
In the past 12 months, the city has gone from virtually nothing to a fully-functioning municipality with more than 30 employees.
Ingraham said the tone was set at the city's very first meeting in 2012.
"We got down to business right away and it was a very ambitious agenda," he said. "One of the key purposes for incorporating was so we could control our own destiny."
In the past 12 months, Diamondhead has passed 29 ordinances and 43 resolutions.
Two key items the city was able to accomplish include the transfer of the roads and some amenities from the Property Owners' Association, and the purchase of the new city hall facility on Diamondhead circle.
Ingraham said the progress would not have been possible without the help of the city council and dozens of volunteers.
Looking forward, Ingraham said, attracting people to the community and expanding commercial development are important goals.
Several businesses, including a new Dollar Store, are already in the works, and the city is working on becoming a venue for the 2013 Cruisin' the Coast.
"We want our business area to come up to the level of our residential area," he said.
City Manager Richard Rose said the city is working on transparency and community events.
He encouraged all residents to visit the city's website and register with the city's "e-blast," which will provide vital information to the community.
The city also has a golf tournament and other community events scheduled, he said.
Diamondhead has also contracted with a traffic engineer, Bobby Weaver, to look into ways to improve traffic and road concerns, especially the interchange at Exit 16 on Interstate 10.
Ingraham concluded by saying he and the council will continue to work hard and keep Diamondhead's best interest at heart.
"Our goal is to remain the safest and cleanest city on the Gulf Coast," he said.