Biloxi man takes on litter problem

Biloxi resident Steve Gunn is on a mission to keep the beaches clean.
Biloxi resident Steve Gunn is on a mission to keep the beaches clean.

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The public beach in Harrison County is maintained by The Sand Beach Authority. They're responsible for keeping it litter free.

The story on the other side of the highway is a little different. The north side of highway 90 has litter piled up on private property.

Biloxi resident Steve Gunn said last year he took it upon himself to attack the litter problem.

"We got together and over a two day period we picked up 23 bags of trash. It was just me, my son and a neighbor. This year, my son said, 'Dad, we need help,'" said Gunn.

He is now on a mission, recruiting his fellow citizens for an effort he calls, "Picking up the point."

He has discussed the issue with Biloxi city officials and county leaders. After hearing about the difficulty public entities have with the private property dilemma, he decided to organize volunteers. He realized how an abundance of litter can taint South Mississippi's image and has decided to do something about it.

"Tourism is where we get most of our dollars. Having a bunch of litter everywhere is not a good sign that we care. The city and county want to help out. Volunteers need to come out and we'll take care of it," Gunn said.

"Picking up the point" will cover the area from the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor to the bridge, in east Biloxi.

Gunn has managed to get a few businesses to pitch in by supplying bags, gloves and other things.

Gunn said he's trying to set an example.

"I live on the beach. I'm a single father raising my son. I try to teach him to be a good citizen," said Gunn.

Gunn is asking friends, neighbors and concerned citizens to meet him at Biloxi Town Green Saturday morning, July 14 at 8 A.M.

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