Pascagoula revives maritime tradition despite oil worries - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Pascagoula revives maritime tradition despite oil worries

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

By Sylvia Hall – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - As the sun glistened off the water, nearly 50 boats filed into line.  Big and small, recreational and commercial, they each received a blessing for a prosperous summer at sea.

"We just felt like if we talk with the city, we'd be successful in bringing it back," said organizer William Odom. "And this being the first year, we think we have a big turnout this year."

"All this is about wishing the commercial fishermen a safe and prosperous season, which we certainly hope they do have," said participant John Lindgren. "So we add a little bit of fun to it."

It's a wish that takes on special significance this year, as oil gushes into gulf waters.

"We certainly are praying that the oil stays out and nature takes care of it, or man with his chemicals or dispersants," said Lindgren. "Hopefully they'll get this thing plugged sooner or later."

Over the past few weeks, planners have worried the oil would stymie the event's revival.

"From day to day, we were concerned that we might not be able to have the event depending on how close the oil came," said Odom. "I know some of the food vendors had decided that they wouldn't participate; they were having issues with their business not really doing so well because of this oil crisis."

He also added, "We were concerned about the sheen coming in and people not wanting to get their boat in it."

But for now, local waters are open, and the boaters who participated said they're having fun.  Organizers said they expect the event to grow and prosper in future years. 

"I think we've got plenty of time between now and next year that if they can get the oil stopped, it shouldn't affect us at all next year," said Odom.

Odom said he hopes to combine the event next year with the Flagship festival, a traditional Pascagoula event that also fell out of existence in recent years. He hopes the two revived events will become mainstays in Pascagoula again.

Copyright 2010 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Update: Teen charged in crash involving Gulfport police officer

    Update: Teen charged in crash involving Gulfport police officer

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 12:11 AM EST2018-01-23 05:11:10 GMT
    Eli Daniel Bosworth, 18, is charged with motor vehicle theft and felony fleeing and eluding.  (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)Eli Daniel Bosworth, 18, is charged with motor vehicle theft and felony fleeing and eluding. (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)

    A Gulfport police officer is on the way to the hospital with serious injuries Monday night after an accident at Three Rivers Road and Creosote Road.

    More >>

    A Gulfport police officer is on the way to the hospital with serious injuries Monday night after an accident at Three Rivers Road and Creosote Road.

    More >>
  • Possible change to Waveland vehicle take home policy could impact police officers

    Possible change to Waveland vehicle take home policy could impact police officers

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 12:02 AM EST2018-01-23 05:02:07 GMT
    The city is planning on making changes to its take home policy. (Photo source: WLOX News)The city is planning on making changes to its take home policy. (Photo source: WLOX News)

    Full-time Waveland city workers, primarily police officers, who take-home vehicles outside of the city limits could see a change to the city's policy soon. City leaders said the current policy is antiquated and needs to be rewritten into something that would benefit both the officers and the taxpayers.

    More >>

    Full-time Waveland city workers, primarily police officers, who take-home vehicles outside of the city limits could see a change to the city's policy soon. City leaders said the current policy is antiquated and needs to be rewritten into something that would benefit both the officers and the taxpayers.

    More >>
  • Friends hope no foul play in death investigation

    Friends hope no foul play in death investigation

    Monday, January 22 2018 11:19 PM EST2018-01-23 04:19:34 GMT
    A friend described Erin as a religious woman, a good mother, and outgoing.(Photo source: Facebook)A friend described Erin as a religious woman, a good mother, and outgoing.(Photo source: Facebook)

    Erin Hamilton's body was run over by a car, but the driver told police she was already lying in the street. Police say the circumstances surrounding her death are suspicious.

    More >>

    Erin Hamilton's body was run over by a car, but the driver told police she was already lying in the street. Police say the circumstances surrounding her death are suspicious.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly