Another Announcement of Grants to Help Revitalize Coastal
Governor Says $97 Million on the Way
By Keith Burton Filed 5/9/07 GCN
on the Coast have wondered where all of the federal money for Hurricane
Katrina recovery has
been in light of the slow progress communities are seeing regarding
rebuilding. Much of the federal money, which totaled nearly $90 billion
for the Katrina Disaster Zone, is still percolating through the federal
and state bureaucracies 20 months after Katrina. In Mississippi, the
federal money is being moved mostly through the Governor's office and the
Mississippi Development Authority. Wednesday, Governor Barbour announced
where some of money the state has received is going next.
The governor announced more than $97.2 million in grants to help with
post-Katrina revitalization projects in 15 coastal communities, ranging
from new fire stations in Bay St. Louis, Moss Point, Picayune, Poplarville
and Waveland to a county services complex in Jackson County.
“Many of these grants will help implement ideas generated shortly after
Hurricane Katrina during the 'charrette' process undertaken by the
Governor's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal. That
comprehensive early work with leaders from business, education, government
and, in fact, all walks of local community life is paying dividends today.
These projects will help restore many public resources on the Mississippi
Coast, greatly improving day-to-day life for residents and helping the
region come back stronger than ever,” Governor Barbour said in a news
release sent to GCN.
the months since the hurricane, the governor and other political officials
have made a series of announcements regarding money being approved for
projects and recovery work, suggesting that the money is in the hands of
local officials to get started with the repairs. But announcements do not
mean the money is in the local's hands.
This delay of funds between announcements and actual work, has misled
many people outside of the Katrina Disaster Zone to think that the repairs
are well on the way the people and cities in the Katrina Disaster Zone are
back on their feet. Readers should note that the charrettes mentioned in
the Governor's statement were held in 2005 and it has taken this long for
some of those plans to find the funds to bare fruit.
Still, the news of yet another funding announcement is another
indicator of future goodness, but note that none of the projects listed
below have actually been completed, most have yet to even start.
In addition, funds to help the communities plan for the future are also
just now coming through.
Governor Barbour said a total of $7.2 million in grants have been
approved to help communities plan for new growth and development, an
important element in recovery efforts. “The issue of how best to manage
growth and development is important to the long-term economic health of
the Coast. This funding will help local communities find what works best
Community Revitalization grants include the following:
Bay St. Louis
$7,833,500 - Waterfront improvements and construction of downtown
parking with retail mixed use.
Bay St. Louis 2
$2,166,500 - Construction of a new fire station.
$4,000,000 - Convert the damaged Biloxi Public Library into Civic
$8,000,000 - Construction of a lighthouse park and visitors center.
$6,192,000 - Reconstruction of the main thoroughfares in the Historic
Downtown and waterfront areas.
$7,575,000 - Main Street Area Streetscape Project.
$4,425,000 - Downtown Building Improvements Grant.
$4,575,000 - Restoration, expansion and renovation of the County
$8,000,000 - Construction of a 62,500 square foot County Services
$6,837,916 - Improvements to Jeff Davis Avenue and other streets in
the Downtown area.
$650,000 - Construction of a Downtown Kiosk and Information Center and
improvements to a Downtown Park Pavilion.
$6,572,000 - Reconstruction of Main Street, new fire station,
riverwalk north and east, marina improvements and a façade grant program.
$5,496,800 - Downtown improvements of streetscape improvements to
Washington Avenue and Government Streets, construction of a new roof for
the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center and revitalization improvements to the
City’s Historical Fort Maurepaas Park.
$4,420,000 - Two economic development projects: Riverfront Property
Acquisition and Redevelopment Project; and Live Oak Avenue Property
$4,580,000 - Front Street Reconnection and Development Project and the
$7,890,230 - Rehabilitation of several downtown streets to restore
$1,475,912 - New fire station.
$586,000 - New fire station.
$6,005,000 - Rebuild and recovery of Coleman Avenue, restoration of an
existing building to house a civic center, and construction of a new
library and fire station. Roadway improvements.
Planning grants include the following:
Bay St. Louis
$268,000 - Development of an updated Comprehensive Plan, Zoning
Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, and the preparation of new
Architectural Design Standards.
$634,400 - Preparation of an updated Comprehensive Plan and new
Subdivision Regulations. Development of a new Future Land Use Plan and a
new Transportation and Community Facilities Plan.
$370,000 - Development of an updated Comprehensive Plan, Zoning
Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations and preparation of a new Smart Code
$470,000 - Preparation of a post Katrina Comprehensive Plan, updated
Zoning Ordinance and Map and the preparation of new Subdivision
$725,000 - Preparation of a post-Katrina Comprehensive Plan and
develop new Subdivision Regulations.
$300,000 - Comprehensive Plan, Updated Zoning Ordinance and Map,
Subdivision Regulations and Architectural Design Standards.
$718,000 - New Comprehensive Plan, updated Zoning and Map and updated
$725,000 - Preparation of an updated Comprehensive Plan and new
$470,000 - Preparation of a new Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance
and Map and Subdivision Regulations, in addition to preparation of
Architectural Design and Review Standards.
$275,000 - Update of Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Map and
Subdivision Regulations, in addition to development of Architectural
Design and Review Standards for Downtown Revitalization.
$545,000 - Update of Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinances, the
calibration of a SmartCode Overlay and the development of a strategic plan
for a Railroad District Master Plan.
$403,000 - Update of Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Map and
Subdivision Regulations. Development of Architectural Design and Review
Standards, preparation of a Waterfront Master Plan and development of a
$365,000 - Update of Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Map and
Subdivision Regulations. Fringe area study and development of
Architectural Design and Review Standards.
Pearl River County
$513,975 - Development of a Comprehensive Smart Growth Plan.
$110,000 - Development of an updated Comprehensive Plan and
development of a Population Study.
$70,000 - Development of a new Comprehensive Plan and Population
$265,000 - Preparation of a new Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance
and Map, Subdivision Regulations and Design and Review Standards for the