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Popular Jackson County boat launch gets facelift

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Jackson County is in process of giving several boat launches in the area a facelift. Webb's Landing near the St. Andrews community is the first on the list. Supervisors and residents expect the facelifts to improve the quality of life in the county. 

Major improvements are underway at Webb's Landing boat Launch on Octavia Street. Residents Allen Simmons and Earl Wood couldn't be more excited. 

"Yes, I am very thrilled about this," said Simmons. 

 "I have been here just about every evening as they worked on this to see the progress," Wood said.  

Both men were frequent boaters and fishers here near Gravline Bayou. But after Hurricane Isaac's wind and water heavily damaged the pavilion, pier, and ramps the area was shutdown. 

"It did make a big impact on whether boats could get in and get out," Simmons said. 

The boat launch is in John McKay's district. He said it should take 90 days to complete the facelift. 

"The parking lots will be paved, we have torn out the old pavilion and piers, they will be replaced by Isaac funding, $55,000. Then we have tideland funds for $220,000. 

This is the first of several projects to improve antiquated boat launches in the county. 

"There is one in Moss Point called McGinnis Boat Launch and we are working on that right now. We are trying to get the funds to fix it up because it is bad shape. Fort Bayou under the bridge because it needs someone upgrades. The county is really working hard," McKay said. 

McKay and these residents agree the more recreational areas that are improved the more folks will come out to enjoy them. 

"It is important for the quality of life. People get off on weekend and they enjoy going fishing and having access to the water."  

"I am just ready for it to be fixed up and done up right," Simmons said. 

McKay hopes to have Webb's Landing open for boaters and fishers in March. 

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