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It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengersMore >>
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengers visited several attractions including the Biloxi lighthouse and the visitors center. The Grande Caribe set sail from New Orleans and will continue on until it reaches St. Petersburg. Crew members said it's the stops along the way that makes these small cruises stand out.More >>
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MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
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"Study the past if you would define the future." Those words were once said by Confucius and those are the words the Historical Society of Gulfport strives toward for its city. Wednesday, that societyMore >>
Hoping to highlight Gulfport's history, members will be making that building a museum and welcome center for the city.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -
The City of Gulfport faces a costly project that the federal EPA is demanding. Mayor George Schloegel says the city must make improvements to an aging sewage treatment plant.
And the price of that project could be as much as $100 million.
The sewage treatment plant near the airport, Gulfport south, was donated to the city decades ago, when the old Army airfield closed.
"So, we've got a sewer system in Gulfport that's as old as me, 70-years-old, with technology that continues to be challenged," said Mayor Schloegel.
Discharge from the aging sewage plant no longer meets federal EPA requirements.
"More phosphorus and more nitrogen are being released into the water and so our federal folks are telling us they want some corrective measures on those releases," said the mayor, during his Wednesday speech to the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
Those corrective measures are costly: $20 plus million dollars just to fix the discharge.
"We spend that $23 million, which will not give you anything. It just gives us a check off on the EPA list for nitrogen and phosphorus. It won't make your water any cleaner. It will just be something that we do according to the federal, unfunded mandate," said the mayor.
The mayor says another long term, but much more costly alternative would involve closing the sewage treatment facility, turning it into a pumping station and then sending the sewage to the much newer treatment facility off Seaway Road, near the interstate.
"The cost of going that route will probably be somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 to $100 million. Should we do the long range repair, as opposed to the short range repair?" said Mayor Schloegel.
The mayor says that tough decision will have to be settled soon, since the work must begin in the next year.
"What do we want to do in our city? A major, major expense."
Mayor Schloegel says the water being discharged from the newer plant off Seaway Road is four times cleaner than the water coming out of the old Gulfport South facility.
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