Volunteers already busy on rest stop cleanup

PEARLINGTON, MS (WLOX) - The work to restore the Old Highway 90 rest stop in Pearlington is now underway.

Earlier this week, we introduced you to a Hancock County businessman who was concerned about the image the dilapidated facility was giving visitors entering the county from the west.

Julius Landry adopted the rest area, and organized a group of volunteers who began cutting the grass and weed eating Friday.  Rotten wood and broken concrete at the picnic area will be repaired next. Then after a fresh coat of paint, and the rest area will be landscaped.

"We've had an outpouring of calls," Landry said. "A lot of people willing to donate their time, some people even willing to donate supplies. Lowes and a couple of other businesses have talked about donating supplies. We've had a few phone calls, one from the Boy Scouts wanting to donate their time for their service badge."

Landry said one of the first phone calls came from Hancock County Sheriff's Deputy David Deer, who said he'd be willing to donate his time and his equipment.

"So he came out here immediately and we're already starting to see a turn around in getting this place cleaned up. It's a good start, but we have a long way to go."

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining the site, but once it's renovated, the county is slated to take over those duties.

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