MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County is celebrating the completion of major improvements to a popular boat launch. Supervisors and community leaders hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday morning at McInnis Bayou boat ramp in Moss Point.
Todd Rains had just enough time to launch his boat before the ribbon cutting celebration. He likes what he sees at this new and improved public boat launch.
"It's very, very nice. It just makes it more pleasant to come up here. I love it. I love it. It's close to where we go fishing too, and boating," said Rains.
County Supervisor Melton Harris calls it, "another exciting day in Jackson County."
He says this project may seem small, but to those who use this launch, it is significant.
"We all know we had a lot of damage to occur here after Hurricane Katrina, and this is a boat launch that has been heavily used in the past. We had an opportunity now to put this boat launch back in place," said Harris.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources was a partner in the project, with federal grant money to help pay for the $133,000 in improvements. The work included a new bulkhead and new piers.
Fisherman Howard Seab certainly approves. He frequently uses the boat launch.
"They repaired the dock and the launch itself. Put in some sheet piling," said Seab. "It's nice. Real nice."
The formality of a ribbon cutting makes it official; McInnis Bayou boat launch is once again open for boaters, fishermen and crabbers.
"Some people love baseball, softball. Others like the boating and I think it's important to be able to all the citizens of Jackson County what they need," said County Recreation Director Jack Hamilton.
The new boat ramp provides easy access to McInnis Bayou, which feeds off the East Pascagoula River. It's located at the foot of Hemlock Street, just north of Griffin Road in Moss Point.