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Do you know about...
Diamondhead, Mississippi
Diamondhead
began in 1969 as a
resort development
by the Diamondhead Corporation, which
was developing resort properties throughout much of the South. The group purchased a 6,000- acre tract of land next to I-10 that was still under construction at the time. The vision was to build a resort community starting with model homes and condominiums, followed by a country club, marina, small airport, golf course, swimming pools, and community center. Lots began selling in 1970,
and by 1974 over 60 homes had been built.
A small news circular called the Diamondhead News was created to help keep residents apprised
of progress in the neighborhood.
Handily situated
close to the interstate, Diamondhead rapidly found favor with retirees, as well as employees of Stennis Space Center and commuters to New Orleans East.
A Property Owners Association (POA) was formed in 1985, and a Board of Directors elected by the homeowners oversaw management
of the golf course and other amenities. As
the community grew,
so did the cost of property owners’ and golf course maintenance fees. Many residents became unhappy with the increasing costs, and talk of incorporating
Diamondhead into a city began in earnest, but to no avail.
Hurricane Katrina changed that. Incorporation efforts were revived after the area saw extensive damage from the massive storm
in 2005. After much study and discussion, a petition for incorporation was submitted to the state, and despite a
legal challenge by some
Golf in Diamondhead
residents opposing this move, Diamondhead received its charter as a city in 2012.
Today, over 8,000 residents call Diamondhead home. This sprawling, family- oriented city has retained its resort-like atmosphere and is one of the nicest cities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
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