As the rebuilding of Bay St. Louis and Waveland progresses day by day, the time has come to step back to get a broader perspective of what’s happening in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged towns on which we have focused since the storm.
In the months ahead, rotating teams of MSNBC.com reporters will spend one week a month in "Bay-Waveland" reporting and producing a series of stories on the towns’ battle to rebuild after the most destructive storm in U.S. history. Look for our next update late this month.
The change from "daily dispatch" reporting to fewer but more in-depth reports springs from our desire to spend less time detailing the daily aggravations of life in the storm zone and more time reporting on the big issues that will determine the future of the entire hurricane-ravaged region. In addition to using the time between reports to dig deeper into topics like housing, health care and insurance, we will endeavor to place the progress and disappointments in Bay St. Louis and Waveland in the context of what is playing out elsewhere along the Gulf Coast.
In the meantime, our citizen blog posters will continue to file their thoughts on a regular basis.
While avid readers of the series and residents of this beautiful but battered corner of Mississippi may be disappointed by less-frequent nature of our reports, we assure you it doesn't mean we’re losing interest. We remain committed to sharing the story of the struggle to rebuild these two vital towns with the rest of the world.
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