BILOXI -- District 1 Supervisor Windy Swetman was animated Wednesday morning during the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce's Morning Call meeting.
During his presentation, Swetman gave what he called a "snapshot" of all that's going on with his region, ranging from the budget and a cold weather shelter to road developments and beautification in District 1.
After passing out bags of popcorn to the capacity crowd at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Swetman discussed the latest developments with the new ball park.
"Got popcorn? Because we've got baseball," Swetman exclaimed. "I put a Facebook post out there saying the first popcorn was on me; well, here's the first popcorn."
Swetman said getting the stadium was the result of a great partnership with the state, Harrison County, Biloxi "and everyone along South Mississippi."
Swetman acknowledged concern over stadium funding, but said it needs to be thought of as an event center.
He also said the Harrison County Board of Supervisors will make a "substantial contribution" to Biloxi to aid the $21 million bond.
A number of locations were discussed, but Swetman said the agreed upon location was the site Minor League Baseball was most excited about "because there's 2,500 hotel rooms within (walking distance) to it, that there's a major investor in it with MGM Beau Rivage and with the timing they were ready to move the team.
"All the stars kind of lined up to put baseball in downtown Biloxi."
Swetman said he's been told ticket prices will be comparable to those of the Mobile Bay Bears and Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
Swetman also touched on a number of upcoming projects.
He said construction has begun on the Tuxachanie sewer project on Hudson Krohn Road. The project includes more than 1½ miles of sewer force main and more than 2½ miles of gravity sewer main. Swetman said the project will remove more than 225 septic tanks, which he said are deteriorating.
Swetman said the county is coordinating with D'Iberville to provide a public park near Tuxachanie Creek and the Tchutacabouffa River.
"(We're) creating greenways and recreation opportunities for our families and children," he said.
The Board of Supervisors president was most animated discussing the upcoming D'Iberville/Harrison County Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, which will cost about $1.8 million.
Swetman said the 60-acre complex, which will be north of D'Iberville on Mississippi 15, will have four softball fields, four multi-purpose 100-yard fields, a splash pad, nature trails, primitive camping sites and 12 recreational vehicle sites.
"What I'm showing you here isn't just parks and recreation," he said. "It's economic development. ... This is just not a sports complex. We sat down specifically to build this complex to generate dollars for operations and maintenance and to help rise up our retailers."
Beautifying downtown Biloxi was a hot topic, focusing on creating walkability and pathways in downtown Biloxi,
The county is working on covered beach walkways at Cowan and Beauvoir roads at a cost of $125,000, and "aesthetic pier covering with sides for outfall covers," costing $300,000. Swetman also mentioned the addition of necklace lighting "just like you see at the Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge" on the Interstate 110 loop. A new paint job, lighted walkways and improved signage are in the works for the downtown area.
"We're also going to have opportunities for local artists with murals underneath the bridge through there," he said. "Instead of just graffiti-type murals, something pleasant and coastal."
He said there will also be landmarks telling about South Mississippi and Biloxi.
"It will make it a nice walk and something that you'll want to do," he said.
Becky Montgomery honored Keesler Medical Center Commander Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Kory Cornum, who has been reassigned to Scott Air Force Base, Ill., with a framed Biloxi Seafood Festival print.
During his four years at Keesler, Cornum managed more than 1,850 health care professionals and a budget in excess of $80 million.
Before arriving in Biloxi, Cornum said he was told by his superior he shouldn't unpack because he wouldn't be on the Coast long.
"Luckily, he was wrong and I got to stay here with all of you for four years," he said. "It has really been awesome."