Last week on Wednesday, February 17, 2008, the citizens of East Biloxi gathered for a community discussion on the future fate of Biloxi. The meeting was sponsored by local organizations concerned about protecting the vision of local residents on the fate of Oak Street. Five different proposals were made and posted. The attendants were divided into five different groups to discuss the pros and cons of each proposals. Local residents believe a residential street would be easy to accomplish and a quiet solution. However, a more business, mixed use development would be in keeping with the historic use of the street. The residents do not favor the the addition of bars to the area but would greatly welcome a more comprehensive grocer. Although a dense, condo, casino development would increase property values, the local residents could no longer afford to reside within the area. Locals are also not in favor in Vietnamese district. Several community members reminded the audience that Mississippi should not regress and divide the community into districts but instead should encourage a mixing of local residents that has always occurred in East Biloxi.
Overall the meeting was very refreshing. Local residents support diversity within the community and can rally together to protect the community in which they live, East Biloxi.