The Waveland beachfront has long been in the shadow of other Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches. But that’s changing.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for a $1.9 million lighthouse on the Waveland beach were held Friday.

“It will be an attraction for the city to draw people to Waveland beaches,” Tish Williams, executive director of Hancock Chamber of Commerce, told The Sun Herald. “The Waveland beaches are beautiful.”

And Waveland will no longer be the only city on the Coast that doesn’t have a bathroom facility on the beach, according to Waveland  Mayor Mike Smith. Public restrooms will be included in the lighthouse.

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