BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Thousands of visitors will spend time on the beach this Fourth of July weekend. So far, the forecast looks promising for some holiday fun in the sun. And the 26 miles of sand beach in Harrison County will be ready for the expected crowds.
"We had the issue with the seaweed. We finally got that taken care of. And then we had some fish issues on the tide line from the starting of shrimp season. But thank goodness all that has gone away before this July 4th holiday," said Sand Beach Director, Chuck Loftis.
Beach vendors are excited about the prospects for a busy weekend; especially if Memorial Day was an early indicator.
"We've been doing good, doing good. We had a pretty busy day on Memorial Day weekend. July fourth we're expecting a lot of business. And have a lot of jet skis out here," said beach vendor Brian Kohler.
Visitor, Gianni Clemons, is enjoying the jet skis. He's vacationing from Denver, enjoying the casinos and the beach.
"These jet skis. They've got mountains in Colorado, but not this type of water, you know?" he said, "We're having an excellent time here."
Fifteen-year-old Garrett McMorris is visiting with a youth baseball group. He finds solace in the sand; the beach is a getaway.
"It's peaceful. Relaxing. Time to think," he said.
There have been several beach improvements in recent months, including the welcome center display at the foot of Cowan Road, which has quickly become a favorite photo opportunity for tourists. Other improvements include the gazebo, volleyball net and fire pit in West Gulfport.
All the new additions and 26 miles of sand, will be ready to welcome visitors this weekend.