OS city leaders want to add more landscaping to Front Beach

OS city leaders want to add more landscaping to Front Beach

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Now that the repairs to the damaged seawall and sidewalk at Ocean Springs' Front Beach are complete, Ocean Springs Alderman Matt McDonnell said the city has plans to make more improvements to enhance the look and feel of the beach area.

Beach goers gave their own take on what they'd like to see on a beach they consider is one of the most attractive on the coast.

"I can't get over how pretty it is. Got a few grass areas which I like, white sand, clean up beaches. I like it," said Hunter Benoit of Louisiana.

City leaders said if a grant is approved, they'd like to see more grass areas. According to Johnny Grue with Ocean Springs Public Works, they want to plant Bermuda Sod starting at Martin Avenue going 300 feet west in the area in between the seawall and the sidewalk. Ocean Springs residents Myra Kittle and her daughter Katherine Vernon walk the scenic path every day, they think landscaping would help improve the overall look of the beach area, but they believe fixing drainage issues needs to come first.

"Well the drains are not working. It looks like a desert," said Kittle.

"I'd really like to see this area cleaned up. It's really dry. The drainage is really bad and it rains a lot. If they could really spruce that up, I think it would really improve," said Vernon. 

City leaders agree. That's why there are also plans to improve drainage by clearing the pipes of debris and sand and lowering some catch basins. In addition to fixing the drainage, beach goers said they'd also like to see more action taken on dog feces.

"I'd also like to see less of the dog leavings. Starting to see that more. You usually see that once a day," said Kittle. 

Out-of-towners said this is still their favorite beach in South Mississippi.

"So far it's been wonderful. We've only been for about 45 minutes, but its been great. The kids love it. I love it," said Craig Bolesky of New York. 

"I like it better than the commercial stuff in Biloxi," said Benoit.

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