Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:31:16 GMT
Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday.More >>
Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday. In South Mississippi, the concern centered around the state government's plan to allow offshore drilling off coastal waters.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:08:12 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
The search in Moss Point is over. The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:33 GMT
Life through the eyes of a child is often thought to be innocent and colorful. But, that life isn't the same experience for kids who are blind and visually impaired. That's why every year, MississippiMore >>
Every year, Mississippi Lions club puts on a Sea and Sun camp for kids ages 5 to 15 who are visually impaired, giving them the opportunity to experience the fun they often miss out on.More >>
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -
A Gautier man has a dream that he believes will save Jackson County's struggling seafood industry.
Bruce Maghan's vision is to anchor fishing boats on Singing River Island. He wants to build two huge docks out into the sound, dredge a channel, add a fuel and ice station, and use the empty Navy barracks on the island for office space for the new commercial docking facility.
He knows it's an ambitious waterfront concept, but says it's something that's badly needed.
"Our fleet has been in total disarray since the hurricane and there's no central point of receiving and distributing the catches off the east side of Jackson County."
Maghan already has dozens of signatures on a petition supporting the idea.
At Pitalo's Marine in Gautier, boats are stacked up end to end with little room to spare. Stacy Hutchens is the owner.
"It would be a great idea," Hutchens said. "For one thing, we don't have any fuel facilities, we don't have any ice facilities, there's no where for the big boats to tie up. I have tons of them that try and stay here, but we're a boatyard, so we have to have the traffic where boats can come and go. So we don't have room for them."
Matthew Hinton is renovating a 72-year-old wooden boat. He's also a fan of the proposal.
"I think it's something that is deeply needed," Hinton said. "The history and the heritage of the Gulf Coast has been out for hundreds of years."
Maghan admits he doesn't know how much this is going to cost, or even who should pay for such a project. But he said that doesn't matter just yet. He believes this is an economic development matter, and whatever the cost, it will be well worth it.
"It's going to be far less expensive than starting one from scratch because the ground site facilities that I recommend using are already in existence," Maghan said.
And if those recommendations are adopted, it could mean the re-birth of an industry that has meant so much to the coast for hundreds of years.
Maghan has taken his idea to several government agencies, including the port commission, the economic development foundation, elected officials and others. So far, there's been no official response to his idea. But Maghan said he's not going to give up.
Be the first to find out about breaking news! To sign up for email alerts from the WLOX Newsroom, just enter your email address below.
Your email address will never be shared with a third party and youMore >>