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Pascagoula company wins bid to build Deer Island pier

The pier will be on the northwest end of the island. (Photo source: WLOX) The pier will be on the northwest end of the island. (Photo source: WLOX)
DEER ISLAND, MS (WLOX) -

We have good news for the Coast and its tourism industry. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Secretary of State's Office announced Wednesday that Walters Diving and Marine in Pascagoula placed the winning bid to construct a new pier at Deer Island.

“We could not be more pleased construction of the new pier will be performed by local Mississippians with an extensive background in construction on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.

The pier will be on the northwest end of the island.

The engineering firm of Brown and Mitchell estimated the construction costs to be about $310,000, and the bid came in at just under $300,000.

Construction will start this summer. DMR Director Jamie Miller said we can expect to see construction begin in about 30 days, and they are hoping to have the pier finished by Christmas.

“Today we took another important step to give Mississippians and people who visit Mississippi access to one of our great coastal treasures—Deer Island,” said Miller. “We are excited to move into the construction phase of the project.”

The money is from Tidelands Funds collected by leases from casinos. It took about two years of effort to go through the Army Corp of Engineers approval process.

The pier will be constructed with concrete piles and treated material for durability, and it will be lighted by solar power.

“We plan on providing a low-cost alternative to Mississippians who would like to enjoy Deer Island but do not have access to watercraft, while protecting the ecological integrity of the island,” said Hosemann.

Hosemann says there will also be public access to the island departing from the Biloxi Harbor. He said that bidding process will begin after the pier is constructed.

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