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Hancock County officials won't tolerate boom vandalism


By Jessica Bowman – email

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Memorial Day weekend means fun in the sun for many South Mississippians. Boating traffic will be heavy this weekend, and safety is even more important with booms stretched out across our area's waterways.

"We try to tell all our citizens that we have booms out there. And some of them are in areas like by the bridge, and that U.S. Environmentalist has pulled some of it back where it would be in a safe place where the boaters going out there wouldn't be actually endangering them," Hancock County Emergency Operations Director Brian Adam said.

The Sheriff's Department and the Department of Marine Resources will be patrolling the waters of Hancock County throughout the weekend making sure boaters are following all the safety guidelines.

"We've been having people cut the booms and taking the chains taking the weights," Adam said.

And that type of conduct will not be tolerated. Adam warned that anyone seen vandalizing booms will be arrested.

"This is here to protect the citizens of Hancock County. We certainly don't want anybody doing that because, you know, the more equipment they keep destroying, the less we have to protect our county," Adam said.

Recreational boater Luca Giardino was heading out Saturday to the Jordan River with a group of friends. He doesn't feel as if vandalism will be an issue this holiday weekend in Hancock County. He said most boaters will be traveling in the same direction he is, and booms are not in that area. But, if vandalism does occur, he said arrests should be made.

"I think it's a good idea. They put them there for a reason," Giardino said. "It cost my tax dollars to get somebody to put them there, so anybody that wants to chop them up, I would say that's a bad idea."

"It's going to be a little tricky," Adam said. "Most of the people that have been around here the past couple of weeks know the boom is out there and are going to be careful around it."

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