BILOXI, Miss.–For the sixth time, Mayor A.J. Holloway was sworn in as mayor of Biloxi Monday. He said he expects to see change in the way the city approaches attracting business and tourism dollars, but his way of doing things will stay the same.
Hollway first took the oath of office in 1993. It was words from that very same speech that he used as part of his inaugural address Monday.
“This is a day of new beginnings, a day of celebration for good things to come, a day of renewed commitments, and a day of reflections on the past, even as we look forward to the progress of the future,” he said.
“Biloxi lives in my heart and soul and for her l hold only the deepest regard and respect and love.
“I stand before you today with the desire that on this occasion, we give serious attention to our city’s future, to your expectations, to your hopes, and to the desires that we, as Biloxians, all share.”
At the end of the speech he told the crowd the words should sound familiar.
LINK: The entire speech: http://www.biloxi.ms.us/mayor/speeches/speechdetail.asp?log=135
“So let us now begin anew. And let us begin with the commitment to move forward with energy and hope, with faith and discipline, and let us work until our work is done.
“Everything that you have just heard, my friends, was from my first inaugural address — on July 6, 1993 – 20 years ago this week. I still feel the same way today as I did then,” he said.
Since that time, Biloxi has come through Katrina and a number of other storms and difficulties. Holloway said the city should celebrate its diversity and embrace new and creative ways for handling problems.