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8 years after Katrina on the Mississippi coast

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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi official says that eight years after Hurricane Katrina, the state's coast is bigger and better than it was before the storm.

Anthony Topazi is vice chairman of Gov. Haley Barbour's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal.

Topazi is quoted by the Sun Herald as saying the commission has achieved Barbour's goal to have the coast restored to conditions even better than those that existed before Katrina hit on Aug. 29, 2005.

He and others point to development of downtown Gulfport, Jones Park and the harbor as successes. Other Coast cities, including Ocean Springs, Bay St. Louis and Long Beach, have improved downtowns and streetscapes.

Former Biloxi Mayor Gerald Blessey says the commission's housing plans helped people get back into homes quickly.

He says there are about 1,000 more public housing units than before Katrina.

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