Working on Waveland: City working on multiple construction, paving projects
By Dwayne Bremer
Jan 17, 2014, 18:32
The city is conducting repairs to the Veterans Memorial monument, constructing a volleyball complex, and enlarging the current pedestrian walk-way.
City officials in Waveland said this week that they hope the foot of Coleman Avenue will soon become a popular destination for residents and tourists alike.
Waveland Mayor David Garcia said Thursday that construction of a new pedestrian pathway, a volleyball complex, and renovations of the Veteran's Memorial are under way and the city is also looking at more improvements later this year.
"We are excited about our beach-front projects," Garcia said Thursday. "When all of this construction is complete, we hope it will really attract people to Coleman Avenue and the beach."
The Veteran's Memorial was damaged during Hurricane Isaac in 2012.
The city plans to restore the memorial, adding a bleacher-type seating area, and protect the monument with sheet-piling.
A new pedestrian/bike pathway will span from the Garfield Ladner Pier west and the city's new volleyball facility will be located between Terrace Avenue and Coleman, Garcia said.
After Hurricane Katrina, the city was inline to receive several million dollars in federal funds to construct a harbor at the foot of Coleman Avenue.
The harbor plans fell through, but the city was able to use some of the funds for beach-front improvements.
The city has also been collecting and saving annual Tidelands funds received from the state.
Garcia said the city will receive about $250,000 in Tideland funds this year, and a big priority will be constructing a bathroom complex on or near the beach.
"We are obviously going to need some type of facility," he said. "We have not decided exactly what we want to do, but we will be discussing it soon."
One possibility is constructing a comfort station similar to the facility the county built at Washington Street in Bay St. Louis, officials said.
Ward Three Councilman Shane Lafontaine said Thursday that he hopes that making Coleman Avenue an attraction again will encourage businesses to return.
"We do not have too many homes right by the beach and most of it is zoned commercial," he said.
Garcia said the memorial, pathway, and volleyball complex should be completed in time for summer.
After that, he said, the city will continue to look for ways to improve it's beach-front.
"That area is a big asset to the city," he said. "It's going to be something really nice that everyone can enjoy."