We took a trip to the Mississippi coast two weekends ago to visit Fun Son (where he is now working and adulting 🙂 ). I was pleasantly surprised to see the progress they’ve made since Katrina swept through – and wanted to share it with all of you.
Gulfport didn’t impress me much before Katrina and certainly not immediately after. My first experience upon moving to Mississippi in the early 70’s was a dirty, nasty beach. Camille had done her destruction, but I don’t know if the beach looked much better before she came through.
But it looks wonderful now! Gulfport has taken great strides at providing clean beaches for all to enjoy along the Highway 70 stretch.
Sir Winston went with us on our visit this time, so I got lots of close-up views along the neighborhood streets while walking him.
Compliments of Katrina, the first block in from the beach was wiped clean of stately antebellum homes. New beach-style homes now line the other side of street one off of Highway 70.
I remember how sad it was to see the beach for the first time after storm Katrina. Linens and clothing items were stuck in live oak tree branches for blocks and blocks – clean slabs, homes wiped off their foundations and floated out to sea.
It’s taken twelve years, but now you see grass growing over home plots and live oaks re-branched for fairly even tree structure again.
Many older homes are now mended.
Empty neighborhood lots are filled in with new homes – or with additions added to a once-smaller structure. This is one of my favorites. I love the hurricane shutters! The shutters “sold” this home to a family watching and unsure of the buying decision.
The owners moved in a month ago and say they love the neighbors. It is a quaint and comfortable area!
Home size can differ greatly from one yard to the next with the new and old mixture. None of it seems out of place. It’s just perfect the way it is.
All are neat and tidy with a well-loved look.
Most have blooming flowers and bushes, now well-established.
Brick with iron fences give a New Orleans nod.
All types of home styles, too.
The occasional home is dwarfed by palm trees in the yard.
This older home refresh includes hurricane shutters, too. It’s fitting for the area and adds perfect styling for the beach!
What do you think? Do you like the look of hurricane shutters added to an older home?