South MS man mad over sandy sidewalks

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Sandy sidewalks have a South Mississippi man calling on officials to clear it up.  He says the sidewalks along Highway 90 are supposed to be walked on safely, but due to piles of sand that's not the case.

Gregory Comstock is a man on a mission to get the sand on parts of the sidewalks north and south of Highway 90 cleaned up.

He says the majority of that sand lands on the north side of the highway making his walks and bike rides rather difficult and unsafe.

"It takes longer to get anywhere because the sand is so thick on the sidewalks that you can't really enjoy the walk next to the beach," Gregory Comstock said.

Comstock says he takes his shoes off while walking over the sand for fear of hurting himself.

The Harrison County Sand Beach Authority Director Chuck Loftis told WLOX quote:

"MDOT is responsible for the sidewalks north and south of highway 90 to the seawall. We take care of the concrete walkway. We help MDOT if we have enough man power."

We reached out to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), but they weren't immediately available to comment.

"They have a little storm come through and I understand that it takes a while to clear it off, but it's been like this for a while," Comstock said.

Travis Higginbotham is vacationing in Biloxi and says he noticed the sand on the sidewalks while skateboarding, but he says it's the price you pay for the scenery.

"I went down to St. Pete and it's pretty much like this. You just gotta watch where you're riding. It's kinda sandy no matter where you're at," Higginbotham said.

But Comstock says these sidewalks are more than just sandy. He found several pieces of trash.

"I've lived on the Gulf Coast all my life. Proud resident of the Gulf Coast, but sometimes I feel ashamed about the way our area is taken care of on the coast."

However, there are a few things that could change that feeling.

"All I want is for them to keep the maintenance up on the sidewalk. Keep the sand off and repair it when it needs it where it won't be so hazardous for somebody," Higginbotham said.

So for now, Comstock says he'll continue to wait hoping something will be done so he can walk on the cement and not on the sand.

The Harrison County Sand Beach Authority officials say crews are currently helping MDOT by working to clear sand from sidewalks in Long Beach.

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