BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - On the last Friday of summer, beach lovers get a bit of a reprieve.
A second section of Biloxi's waterfront is once again open to the public. Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality tests show the area between Travia Street to Iberville Drive is safe. Therefore, that area will reopen on Friday morning.
A week ago, the beachfront near Edgewater Mall reopened to tourists.
All other sections of beachfront in Harrison County remain off limits while crews clean Hurricane Isaac debris.
Meantime, the fight over which sections of Ocean Springs beach can be cleaned is temporarily over. Judge Robert Lancaster issued an order last night that will allow Jackson County to begin clearing Isaac debris from those sections of beach. That ruling is a sigh of relief for many who live along Front and East Beach in Ocean Springs.
The judge didn't repeal his previous judgement that the beach was private property. Instead, he granted emergency relief to clean the beaches in light of the fact they were deemed a public health hazard by the Mississippi Department of Health.
After the ruling, Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran posted this message on Facebook. "The public will not be held hostage with an unsafe beach situation," she wrote. "I'm sure we'll see county equipment out there soon."