Friday, May 24 2013 9:35 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:35:10 GMT
According to Biloxi police, a gun went off inside the downtown Biloxi Waffle House early Friday morning. The bullet shattered one of the restaurant's windows. Moments later, the gun's owner was takenMore >>
According to Biloxi police, a gun went off inside the downtown Biloxi Waffle House early Friday morning. The bullet shattered one of the restaurant's windows. Moments later, the gun's owner was taken to jail. Police say Sam Edward Yu is charged with attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The 21-year-old is from Montgomery, Alabama.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:49 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:49:03 GMT
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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:16 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:16:06 GMT
Throughout the weekend there are several locales on the Gulf Coast offering plenty in honor of Memorial Day. 12th Annual St. Ann's Catfish Festival The Lizana Community's very own St. Ann's CatholicMore >>
Throughout the weekend there are several locales on the Gulf Coast offering plenty in honor of Memorial Day.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) -
For years, the Gulfport ship channel at the state port of Gulfport has
been getting more and more shallow. Because full maintenance dredging
has not been done since 2009, silt has choked off a good portion of the
The depth of the Gulfport ship channel is down to 28 feet in many areas, and that means trouble for larger ships that come in.
"Our three carriers, Crowley, Dole, and Chiquita, they require in the neighborhood of about 28 feet, but we also bring in a lot of material for Dupont. Those vessels are in the 30 to 32 foot range," said Interim Port Director Matthew Wypyski.
The mini floating cities you see in the Mississippi Sound are working to change that.
"We have about $2.4 million the Army Corp has allocated to this project and what they're doing is they're dredging down to about 36 to 38 feet over the span of about 260 feet wide." Wypyski said.
While this current dredging project is fixing a four mile stretch of the Gulfport ship channel, there's 15 miles in all and that also needs to be dredged. For that, Wypyski said they need help from Washington.
"We're working very hard to get the entire 15 miles back to its authorized depth of 36 feet. We're working with the governor's office, MDA, and with our delegation up in Washington," Wypyski said.
Port officials have bigger dreams though: an eventual channel depth of 45 feet, which could accommodate most of the larger ships traveling the seas.
"We are in the early stages of trying to determine the feasibility study that would lead to reconnaissance," Wypyski said. "I'm cautiously optimistic it will happen, but it involves a long time and certainly a lot of funding once everything gets approved. But we are making some progress."
The current project should be complete in about two more weeks. Dredging the remaining 11 miles of the channel would cost an additional $6 million. Port officials hope to hear back on that funding request in the next few weeks.
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