It takes a high degree of optimism to try to turn an unkempt alleyway into an attraction.
So we have to hand it to Gulfport.
Fishbone Alley is now a thing.
And we believe the surrounding restaurants and clubs will put it to good use and it will become a place to enjoy the cooler fall weather along with the delicious food and drink offered by its neighbors.
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The first opportunity to enjoy Fishbone Alley will be Oct. 2, when it will make its official debut during the kickoff day of Cruisin’ The Coast
Downtown Gulfport will be filled with tourists and cruisers, and we expect many of them will be steered to the alley.
Gulfport continues to see and seize opportunity downtown, first with the façade program and then with its streetscape upgrade. It’s becoming quite the attraction.
But there are more opportunities.
Apartments are going in above the restaurants and bars. They are upscale — a welcome addition.
We’d also like to see some apartments in the price range of milennials who want to live, work and play downtown.
We’d like to see some diversification, too.
Perhaps some shops among the bars and restaurants.
Of course, there’s always room for another spot to eat or drink or enjoy a live band.
We hear there’s another big-name establishment headed that way. We wouldn’t be surprised.
Who wouldn’t want to be part of the growing scene in Gulfport?
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