PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Louisa Hall can now kick back and relax while her grandchildren have some beach fun in Pascagoula.
Earlier this year, the city began building a beach promenade to give it a new look. Now the first phase of the project is nearly finished.
"It is a whole lot different from before, coming out, not having anywhere to sit," Hall said.
The concrete benches are among several new changes along the Eastside of Beach Boulevard.
"The promenade is made up of a number of pieces. The biggest part is the 10 foot walkway and that will give people 10 feet of width to walk off the streets, so it provides a major safety improvement," City Engineer Jaci Turner said.
Work crews began construction earlier this year to give the area a new look, and the project is nearly 70 percent complete.
"So far, the concrete panels have been installed, and the demolition has been complete, and we have installed a great number of the concrete benches," Turner said. "Then on top of that, we are providing decorative lighting. So, we are excited both from a safety and aesthetic standpoint."
This is just phase one of the project. The city is still working to secure $3 million for phase two to improve the Westside of the beach.
"We have put in different applications to different funding source. We are most hopeful for something to come through the BP funding source as a part of the restoration of the beach because we suffered so much damage," Turner said.
City officials believe the makeover will attract even more folks to the beach. The city can count on the Hall family returning for some more fun in the sun.
"This is nice. This is really nice," Hall said about the new improvements.
City officials said the first phase of the project will be finished by fall.