The birds seemed to enjoy this spring-like day. Boaters appeared to enjoy it, too. But if you looked closely at the skiffed floating in the Mississippi Sound, you noticed hard hats, not fishing poles. "I think they're out there as preventative maintenance," said Hard Rock project engineer Tim George.
George is responsible for any Hard Rock construction that could contaminate the environment. "It's definitely a challenge," he said.
George works in a Hard Rock construction trailer. Once a week, he visually inspects the downtown Biloxi construction site. On this walk, he found a section of silt fencing that didn't look right. "It's obviously been broken. But we'll get our group to take care of this as soon as we can," he said.
George always carries an orange field manual with him. It's a guide from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality that explains how the environment must be protected. One sentence at the beginning of the guide sums up George's job. It says, "Keep your dirt on your own side."
According to George, "The biggest way I think it could become an environmental nightmare is running off into the sound."
That's why the black silt fencing lines the property. And it's why the yellow barriers are in the water. They're set up to keep Hard Rock's unwanted debris out of the water, so birds can safely stalk their prey.