Barricades and caution tape block off a 260-foot section of the popular Front Beach boardwalk. (Photo source: WLOX)
The area has been blocked off since May when it caved in after four days of heavy rain, but a permanent fix is on the way. (Photo source: WLOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -
Barricades and caution tape block off a 260-foot section of the popular Front Beach boardwalk.
"It needs to be fixed, it's a safety issue for sure," Nicole Lipscomb said.
Lipscomb runs along the beach three or four times a week. Sometimes she brings her young children with her and says it is inconvenient getting the stroller around the blocked off area.
"We have to put them on the road, but that's normal with a run. They are on the road several times during a run," Lipscomb said. "But when I'm on the beach with them or even when they come out to run with me, they love running down the beach like that, and it's just a hassle to go around."
The area has been blocked off since May when it caved in after four days of heavy rain. City leaders just opened up bids for a plan they believe will provide a permanent fix.
"They took up the old sidewalk that failed because of erosion underneath it," Mayor Connie Moran said, "and they are going to build the sidewalk up hugging the old seawall."
Instead of rebuilding where it was, the sidewalk will be built back in a curve putting this section of the boardwalk further away from the waves.
"The sidewalk will tie into the toe of the original seawall and that will make it sturdier," Mayor Moran said.
Engineers believe this new plan will keep it from being blocked off again, which is welcome news to those who enjoy the beach walk regularly.
Holly King said she comes to the beach all the time with her children.
"They have come a long way with this beach," King said. "I have lived here my entire life and I love the beach and I love they are repairing the beach for us."
"Excited about that," Lipscomb said, "I think a lot will be, especially those who live in the area."
The repairs to the boardwalk will be paid with tideland money. Mayor Moran said the DMR awarded the city an emergency tidelands grant to cover the costs.
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