Ocean Springs closes on Front Beach property for new events center

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WLOX) - Ocean Springs is one step closer to having a $13 million development come to life on Front Beach.

Monday, the city closed the deal to buy the old Fayard property for $1.3 million. Mayor Kenny Holloway said the city and the county split the cost of the purchase, and that none of the city’s $2.78 million GOMESA funding was used for the purchase.

The mayor said the immediate plans are to clean and secure the property, and build a bulkhead. After that, plans include building a pavilion and boat slips for short term rentals.

The property is located at the foot of Jackson Avenue. The Fayard family has owned it since 1948, and operated a seafood company there until Hurricane Katrina. Since then, it has sat unused. Besides the Yacht Club, it’s the only other commercial lot on Front Beach.

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