Beautification Department



 

Bay St. Louis Community Hall, 301 Blaize Avenue, Bay Saint Louis, MS  39520
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday


 

Jimmy Loiacano, Director

Phone: (228) 466-5442
E-mail: baybeautification@yahoo.com

 

Katie Stewart, Administrator

Phone: (228) 466-5442
E-mail: baybeautification@yahoo.com

Keep Bay St. Louis Beautiful!

Beautification is not temporary in Bay St. Louis, just the office location while we continue re-building our community.  Our city’s beautification division is undertaking a massive planting of trees to enhance our transportation corridors and renew the city’s green cover from the ground up.

The Beautification Department was separated from the Public Works Department by Mayor Les Fillingame shortly after taking office in July 2009.  The two groups continue to support one another, but have separate missions.

This is truly a team of full-time and part-time employees with a fearless leader that always has a project on going.  You will see them preparing for festivals and special events, decorating for holidays, in addition to, traditional maintenance of the city’s streetscape.

As a new member of Keep American Beautiful, your Beautification team has launched an aggressive agenda of public awareness, pride and involvement in the care for our city’s environment.  Their application for designation as a Tree City USA is pending.

They have established their first “environmental” demonstration ditch on Highway 90 used as a teaching model for citizens to capture debris and improve the water quality of storm water run-off.

Beautification Director, Jimmy Loiacano, is an active outreach partner with our community’s civic organizations, especially the efforts of the Hancock Chamber for coastal beach and waterway clean-ups.  

Volunteers to help with site specific landscaping have been invaluable to the team, as have, generous donations to the Hancock County Development Foundation designated for our beautification efforts.

Mrs. Katherine Ohman was presented the first Beautiful Bay Saint Louis Award at the 2009 Annual Business and Industry Annual Awards honoring citizens and businesses of the year for her efforts to secure more than 400 large crepe myrtle trees and organize their plantings throughout the Old Town area of Bay St. Louis.

“We could well compare this Eden of health and picturesqueness to a richly hued flower, spreading glowing petals North, South, East and West. When sunshine bathes it in splendor, or storm’s fierce swirl drops its smoked silver veil, it claims the indisputable right to be called ‘Beautiful Bay Saint Louis.’”

The Southern Manufacturer Magazine, 1912

To volunteer your services for a specific project or to make a donation to the division, e-mail Jimmy and the Beautification team.

All donations must be made through the Hancock County Development Foundation; the city may not accept any monetary or equipment donations from any other individual or entity.

 


 

Here are a few links to websites that will help you at home.

 

http://treebenefits.com/calculator/

http://www.itreetools.org/vue/

http://www.itreetools.org/species/