Bay St. Louis getting ready for ‘The Year of the Harbor’
By Cassandra Favre
Jan 3, 2014, 17:43
The Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor is set to be completed this May. City officials are looking forward to the opening and its anticipated boost to the local economy.
For Bay St. Louis, 2014 will be the year of the harbor, Mayor Les Fillingame said this week. The multi-million dollar Bay Municipal Harbor and Marina is scheduled to be completed in May.
The harbor will include a new municipal pier, 165 slips with an average size of 41 feet, fuel docks and a parking lot.
"This harbor will be the news story of all news stories this year," Fillingame said Friday. "This is the cream of the crop of our revitalization stories.
"This will be a big story, not only on the Coast but all over the state as well."
The harbor will put a tremendous spotlight on the city and will become an attractive destination for boaters and bring people to the city that normally would not come, Fillingame said.
"We will be looking forward to continued population growth," Fillingame said. "People are coming back and our tourism numbers are growing.
"We want to set the standards and keep our city ahead of every other city as a vacation and home destination."
Fillingame said he is expecting the first edit of a promotional video in the next couple of weeks that will highlight the city as a destination hotspot.
There will also be other important city projects this year, Fillingame said.
"We are looking forward forward to the Safe Routes to School project," Fillingame said. "It is a roadway/sidewalk project located at Pine and Carol streets.
"Also, the sidewalk project on Old Spanish Trail."
Fillingame said that money will continue to be tight, but with new utility rates in place, finances should stabilize.
"We should see a lot more fiscal stability this year," Fillingame said. "The increased utility rates should bring balance back to the utility fund.
"This is going to be an exciting year, I'm looking forward to it."