Officials on Tuesday celebrated the groundbreaking at the construction site of the new community center to be built at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Herlihy Street in Waveland. Pictured from left, Waveland Ward 2 Alderman Bobby Richardson, Clarence Harris, Otto Singleton, Cynthia Simpkins, Waveland Mayor Mike Smith, Derrick Gillum, Terry Harris, Earllean Washington, Sandra Harris, and David Rush with David Rush Construction.

The Waveland Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday discussed routine matters including the groundbreaking of the community center at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Herlihy Street, and the effects of the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening.

Waveland Mayor Mike Smith said that the city hosted a groundbreaking for the community prior to Tuesday's meeting.

Smith said that construction is scheduled to begin on June 10.

The 1,200-square-feet community center will house a concession stand, outdoor and indoor restrooms, and a community kitchen.

Smith said that the current community center and bathrooms were constructed around 1965.

"It's going to provide a nice community center that can be rented, and it's going to serve a lot of purposes," he said. "It's very welcoming and I can't wait until it's finished."

The board awarded the $488,000 contract to David Rush Construction, LLC at its May 7 meeting. The project is made possible by funds from MDA.

In a separate matter, Smith said that he attended a meeting last week in Biloxi about the salinity in the water coming out of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

"As of today, we have zero salinity off our shores," Smith said. "Yes, it directly affects Waveland because of all the people that live here."

Smith said he believes that Hancock County has plans to declare a state of emergency and that Waveland will follow suit.

"It's to get the money or the help for the wonderful fishermen because we have no shrimp, no fish, no crabs, no dolphins, and the poor oysters are dead in the water," Smith said. "It's going to be sometime before that is corrected."

In other action:

After a public hearing on 410 Wainwright St., the board took no further action, and the order to demolish stands, based on the building official's Josh Hayes' findings that the structure is unsafe and a nuisance and does not meet building codes.

The board approved a motion naming three projects to be submitted to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources for Tidelands 2021: A small craft marina; showers with pagodas on the beach; and parking bays.

The next board meeting is scheduled for June 19 at 6:30 p.m.

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