Barbour: "Katrina Report Finished"

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

At a news conference Friday, Gov. Haley Barbour said the 180-page report, "After Katrina: Building Back Better Than Ever,” would not be made public until next week.

Barbour tapped former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale in September to lead the committee.

The goal is to find ways to safeguard residents from future storms, and to rebuild the coast better than it was before Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005.

Among the committee's recommendations are proposals to partially regionalize transportation policy, some public services, and tourism development areas. The report reportedly also explores ways to improve the coast with pedestrian-friendly streets.

Barbour says he wants a new east-west corridor on the coast, but he warned that it's ultimately up to each community to implement recommendations in the report.

Barbour said Mississippians missed a major opportunity to build a better community after Hurricane Camille nearly wiped the area off the map in 1969. Barbour, the governor, says he doesn't want to see that happen again.

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