Waveland ready for volleyball tour
By Geoff Belcher
Mar 25, 2014, 19:07
The Garfield Ladner Pier is still out of action, but Waveland officials hope to draw tourists downtown with another draw, a state-of-the art beach volleyball facility.
The Waveland Board of Aldermen last week voted unanimously to approve a substantial completion certificate from Dixon Contracting Group, LLC, essentially declaring the Waveland Beach Volleyball Facility open.
"It's going to be a big thing," Mayor David Garcia said last week.
For the past four years, the city has hosted a tournament on the USA Juniors Volleyball Tour. Last year's event included 47 teams, including visitors from Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.
Garcia said the city aims to do much more now that the facility is complete.
"There's going to be youth and adult leagues," Garcia said, drawing participants and spectators from all across the Gulf South.
Also last week, the board heard a proposal from Joe Miller of DSL By Air to install a wi-fi internet set-up at the beach, covering the pier, veterans monument and the volleyball court.
Wes Griffith, the IT director for Hancock Medical Center – and one of the county's key technical advisors after Hurricane Katrina – told aldermen "I'm very passionate about this project. We started by reaching out to the Hancock County Administrator Suzette Necaise ... and they put wi-fi services at McLeod Park.
"The infrastructure, once in place, has virtually limitless capability to service the community."
Garcia said the wi-fi set-up would be another draw for the volleyball facility and the pier, once the damage from Hurricane Isaac is repaired.
""People will be able to search the web while at the beach," Garcia said.
In other action:
• The city approved a contract with Morreale Construction for the residential demolition and debris removal project, a key component of the so-called "buy-out" program. Last year, the city purchased three flood-prone properties for a total of $11,877. Morreale will remove slabs and other remaining structures at the properties, which the city will maintain as green spaces.
• The city tabled a proposal to approve a service agreement between the city and the Hancock County Utility Authority until testing proves the water offered by the UA is comparable to the water the city already offers through its own wells.