NOAA: Rebuilding Gulfport piers will not harm endangered turtles

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It looks like Gulfport will finally get the go ahead to rebuild four fishing piers. Friday, NOAA sent word to Sen. Roger Wicker's office that rebuilding the hurricane damaged piers will cause no jeopardy to endangered turtles.

With that environmental assessment out of the way, WLOX News has been told FEMA will now determine if it should approve funding to fix what Hurricane Isaac damaged. And the word from Washington is approval is very likely.

Repairing Combs Pier, Moses Pier, Urie Pier and Westside Pier has been on hold for almost two years until a study could be completed that analyzed if fishing off those piers threatened the endangered Kemps Ridley turtle.

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