Lakeshore Community Ready For New Beach

It's just a matter of time before Hancock County residents see new sandy beaches. A major beach replenishment project is now underway.

Work crews are in the process of getting the equipment ready to pump in new sand near the old Bayou Caddy casino site in the Lakeshore community. 250,000 yards of sand will be pumped to the area from a barrow pit a thousand feet off shore.

County leaders say the sand will give the seawall and beach road extra protection from storm damage, but casino developers and residents say the recreation aspect is what has them excited.

"Once the beach is put out there, I can take my grand kids out there and let them play. I can walk the beach, get out there and look around. It's something I've never had before. It's just going to be beautiful," Hancock County resident Salvadore DiMarco said.

Cliff MaCarlie, a casino developer who is hoping to breath new life into the old Jubilation Casino site in Lakeshore, echoed DiMarco's words.

"It's going to be great for us because we're going to be able to offer a beach. I don't know how many casinos actually come out from your hotel, from a casino, and have a beach right at your door step."

The actual sand pumping is scheduled to start sometime next week. It will cost about a million dollars and take about a month to complete.

After the Lakeshore project is finished, storm damaged areas of the beaches in Bay St. Louis and Waveland will be replenished.

by Al Showers