Study: Lots of parking, but walking an issue for new Biloxi ballpark

meperez@sunherald.comJuly 15, 2014 

BILOXI -- A study of traffic around the new Biloxi baseball stadium shows the city can expect about 4,000 people and 2,000 vehicles a game, said Jonathan Kiser with Neel-Schaffer. He recommended the city consider closing a portion of Caillavet Street an hour before games start to accommodate pedestrians.

With 70 home games, that would put about 280,000 people downtown for baseball season, and Kiser said a challenge will be sidewalks that in some areas are not in good shape.

Kiser said one thing that surprised him about the study is, "There is a tremendous parking supply within a half-mile of the stadium." Three parking garages are nearby -- at the Beau Rivage and Hard Rock casinos and Biloxi Regional Medical Center -- and he said there is a lot of parking on commercial and private property that he anticipates the owners using to generate revenue.

In other action Tuesday:

n Council members gave personal donations to the city's age 9 and under team in the Cal Ripken league, which won the state championship and is going to the regional tournament.

n The council heard from a resident whose property backs up to Beauvoir that horses, sheep, goats and peacocks are being kept on the property. She said on Beauvoir's social media website the management is saying the goats are being used to cut the grass and fertilize.

n Approved an 80 percent tourism tax incentive for five years for McElroy's Harbor House.

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