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Hancock Bank in Bay St. Louis Restored
Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies Mark Re-Opening

by Keith Burton   GCN 8/23/07  Updated

Ribbon cutting ceremonies Thursday marked the re-opening of the Hancock Bank's historic building in Bay St. Louis Old Town. The bank has been fully restored and open for business. The restored bank also becomes the first bay road business to reopen in since Hurricane Katrina hit the Coast August 29, 2005.

More than $2 million was put into the restoration Hancock Bank's Bay St. Louis branch, which was the historic home of the Gulfport-based company. The bank was gutted by hurricane Katrina but now is in better shape than ever and ready to lead the financial recovery of that city's formerly busy business district that was once the location of quaint shops, restaurants and an area that was a favorite of visitors to the city.

The bank is alone among the buildings that once lined the road, but that is not expected to last much longer. There are plans to restore the road and seawall, a temporary road is in place currently, and many more shops and businesses are expected to be built over the next couple of years.

The grand re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Hancock Bank in Bay St. Louis in Hancock County was held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and over 120 people were in attendance.

Bank officials say they were determined to restore the building as it represents a key part of the company's history. The company's historic bank in Pass Christian is also undergoing restoration and is expected to be finished later this year.

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