Ocean Springs votes to repair beachfront sidewalk

At a special meeting Wednesday morning, the Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen voted to award a $46,000 contract to Landmark Contracting of Gulfport for a sidewalk repair project on Front Beach.
At a special meeting Wednesday morning, the Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen voted to award a $46,000 contract to Landmark Contracting of Gulfport for a sidewalk repair project on Front Beach.

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - A few months after crumbling into the choppy waters of the Mississippi Sound during a high tide event, a 250 foot stretch of front Beach sidewalk in Ocean Springs will finally be repaired.

At a special meeting Wednesday morning, the board of aldermen voted to award a $46,000 contract to Landmark Contracting of Gulfport for the repair project. Work should begin by the end of this month and be completed within 30 days.

During the meeting, alderman also expressed concerns about coming up with a regular maintenance fund for the Front Beach sidewalk. Without a regular budget, they worry the cash-strapped city could be caught short once again when more damage happens on the sidewalk. They instructed the city clerk to come back with some type of funding mechanism during their meeting next Tuesday.

As for the actual repairs, the new sidewalk will be tied into the old seawall which was built decades ago. City engineers say that should make this section of sidewalk much less susceptible to future damage during storms and high tides.

This particular repair project is being funded with diverted tidelands money.

Doug Walker is covering the story and will have more later today on WLOX News and on WLOX.com.

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