- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) - Moss Point is spending $30,000 to $40,000 to turn a vacant building into multi-purpose space with a store that sells fishing supplies, drinks and other items.

The old pallet mill, as locals call it, is just south of the overpass bridge on Mississippi 613 near the Escatawpa River.

“Really, it’s the gateway to Moss Point, with it being the first building you see as you come into town,” recreation director Chad Smith told The Mississippi Press (https://bit.ly/1LzQ7Rs ).

He said it will rent kayaks, sell supplies to fishermen and be a place to hold big events such as Christmas by the River and the River Jamboree.

“It revives this whole area and makes people want to come out and enjoy what we’ve got here at the riverfront, especially with the wildlife,” said Smith. “Right now, if you come out here in the morning, there are hundreds of pelicans out there. You have a great view of wildlife, and on beautiful days like this, it’s just a great place to be.”



Economic Development Director Sue Wright said it will attract people downtown, where they’ll shop at stores on Main Street.

“We think it’s going to be an attractive place for people to meet and gather and have a good time,” she said. “Although it’s small, there may even be the possibility of folks renting the space to have gatherings.”

Tideland grant money is paying Carlton Construction for the work, which is expected to be complete sometime in March.

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Information from: The Mississippi Press, https://www.gulflive.com

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