WLOX has gone on record supporting plans to make the Port of Gulfport one of the premier ports along the Gulf of Mexico. The port expansion will cost hundreds of millions of dollars and take many years to accomplish, but, it will bring jobs and dollars into the local economy. At the same time, it appears there is one group being left out of this economic recovery. That is our shrimpers.
Shrimp boats have been a part of the Gulfport Harbor basin for as long as we can remember. Shrimping is part of Gulfport's history and still plays a part in our local economy. Hurricane Katrina destroyed the docking spaces for Gulfport shrimpers. And in the new port plan there doesn't appear to be dock space for shrimpers in it.
We think this is unfortunate and hope the port board of directors and the executive director will decide to add dock space for shrimpers. It seems to us there should be enough room in the port expansion to not only bring in cargo from all over the world, but also to allow the shrimp fleet to have a home in the city that has for years used the slogan, "Where Your Ship Comes In." Our hope is that Shrimp Boats will start coming in again to Gulfport.
That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to email@example.com, or post your comments below.
WLOX-TV General Manager