PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Pascagoula's beach promenade could soon be getting a major upgrade. City officials are expecting to receive nearly $4 million to do the work. The money is expected to come from the latest round of efforts to help the Gulf Coast recover from the 2010 BP oil spill.
Since 2010, Pascagoula officials have worked to give a facelift to the local sand beach that was once covered in crude oil due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. One of the major improvements was building a promenade in the area.
"What we are currently doing on this section of the promenade is we are installing things like an outdoor shower, two shade structures that will start to be installed, lighting for our pier just to showcase another beautiful part of Pascagoula," Recreation Director Darcie Crew said.
She said a new sidewalk was also added as part of the revitalization project.
"It is a 10 foot wide sidewalk that will keep people off the road to walk and bike and that sort of thing, but yet not out into the sand. It is a safe place for people to enjoy our beach," said Crew.
Pascagoula resident Justin Todd and his son agree.
"When the seawall was here, there was really nowhere to walk. Now, they put the sidewalk down here. It looks a lot nicer. You see a lot more people walking," said Todd.
Crew said there's still more work to be done, and the city could soon be getting millions from BP to do the work.
In 2011, BP agreed to provide up to $1 billion to help restore the environment along the Gulf Coast.
"The next phase that we have will be done with some of the BP oil spill money. We will have $3.8 million to continue this 10 foot wide all the way down to the point," said Crew.
Decorative lighting and more concrete benches are also part of the upgrade. Crew is hoping the city receives the restoration funding by early next year.
"Right now, the Department of Environmental Quality is writing the grant agreement so the city can proceed with the project. We have been notified that we will receive it," Crew said.
Those who hang out at the beachfront welcome any improvements to make the area a main attraction.
"To come down here and make our city more beautiful, it is nice to come and see it. I want to teach my kid what my dad taught me. Come down and enjoy this beach," Todd said.