Beach Boulevard at 45 MPH (or was it 55?)

I happened to be a passenger in a van traveling along Beach Boulevard from Ocean Springs to Gulfport last week, and while I occasionally have taken pictures while driving, I can now definitively say that it’s much easier to do while riding. Forced by my compatriots to be a back-seat driver, I made lemonade out of lemons and snapped away, compiling a group of photos that forms a visual commentary of the Mississippi Coast, going on 6 years after Katrina. Thankfully, I had my trusty but bulky Nikon D80 SLR with me instead of my easier Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 point-and-shoot, which has too much of a delay to be useful while driving or riding.

Coming into Biloxi over the new Hwy 90 bridge from Ocean Springs. Casinos left and right.

Frank Gehry's Ohr-O'Keefe Museum dancing in the trees. At least the nekkid one (far left) is kind of hidden in the back.

The new Biloxi Visitor's Center stands across from the Biloxi Lighthouse on the site of the destroyed Dantzler House

Beautiful view

Still Biloxi

No photo of Beauvoir–too hidden by trees to get a long shot while driving past at 45 mph. That’s a sign of renewal though, since the trees were stripped bare after Katrina and I could have gotten the shot then.

  

My traveling companions, at least one of whom scores several points higher than me on the Snarkiness Scale, dubbed these porticoed, elevated, and fully ramped public restrooms “Taj Matoilets.” I wonder how much more these cost than the simple and easily replaceable non-elevated concrete block structures that more commonly serve the same function on most beachfronts? Never fear though, I’m sure they’ll last through the next big storm. Maybe they could even be used as shelters?

Lots of For Sale signs and big empty lots

 

But some signs of life . . .

And in Gulfport, the steps to the once-stately First Presbyterian Church now stand beaten up and with no building to lead to. The endangered Markham Hotel and the newish federal courthouse stand in the background.

Markham Hotel

We turned north toward home on Highway 49 in Gulfport, so we end our journey with the best building in Gulfport, in my humble opinion, the Gulfport Post Office, opened in 1910 and designed by the Office of the Supervising Architect in Washington DC. Who says government architects can’t be good designers? Unfortunately, the building’s days as a hub of public activity are coming to a close, as the post office is moving to higher ground and no doubt, a more efficient and less impressive building.



Categories: Gulf Coast

5 replies

  1. All the photos were good to see – and I agree that’s a great Post Office and it’s a shame they’re leaving it. Is there any talk about what will happen to ownership & use of the PO after the USPS moves?

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  2. Thank you for this post. I’ve been bummed because I can’t get to the Gulf Coast this summer, but now I feel like I’ve been there! I’m feeling better!

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  3. I have a pending trip to the coast at the end of the month, and look forward to seeing what has changed since I was there in 05 doing first responder at the FEMA Hilton.

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