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D'Iberville proposing waterfront improvement projects for oil spill money

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D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

The City of D'Iberville wants public input on some proposed waterfront improvement projects.

City leaders have developed a list of seven projects that could be funded with RESTORE Act money from the oil spill. Since D'Iberville is essentially surrounded by it, most of these projects involve the water.

"Then you have the actual factories right over there that have a few boats tied-up," said Jeff Taylor, as he pointed to the proposed location of a marina expansion.

He says expanding the marina beneath the I-110 is among the top proposed projects. Plans call for creating a "working waterfront" by adding a 75 slip commercial harbor just east of the existing marina.

"Truly the urban waterfront that we've studied so much over the years where we would connect right with the operational seafood factories that are there. And create that connection with our French Market which is half a block away. So we see this all fitting together as the downtown revitalization," Taylor explained.

Fountain Pier park is also on the project list. It's where we found Jeff Darrow and his seven-year-old son, Austin, tossing a cast net.

"Oh it's great. Great for the kids, families come out and enjoy everything. Have a good time," said Jeff Darrow.

"Cause fishing is fun!" added his son, Austin.

The youngster says he enjoys catching mostly mullet at the park pier.

Plans call for expanding and improving this already popular public recreational area. The proposed project at Fountain Park is a $4 million plan that involves buying more land to expand this park and building more public fishing piers.

The Tchoutacabouffa River is also the focus of a proposed RESTORE Act project. The city wants to increase public access to the scenic waterway and improve existing green space along the waterway.

"We looked at the guidelines and what the Go-Coast committee reported and we felt like these projects fit right within their general recommendations," said Jeff Taylor.

The public hearing is Thursday, July 18 at 6pm at D'Iberville City Hall.

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