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Sand beach crews ready for busy holiday weekend

Harrison County Sand Beach Director Chuck Loftis says the 26 miles of beach is in great shape for the upcoming holiday weekend. (Photo Source: WLOX) Harrison County Sand Beach Director Chuck Loftis says the 26 miles of beach is in great shape for the upcoming holiday weekend. (Photo Source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Harrison County sand beach crews have been busy preparing for the large crowds expected this upcoming holiday weekend. The beach has always been a top tourist attraction, and that's certainly the case for the Fourth of July. Thousands of visitors will spend time enjoying the sun, the sand and the fireworks.

Sand beach crews are getting the shoreline in shape for the expected crowds.

“This is one of our biggest events this weekend coming forward,” said sand beach director Chuck Loftis.

That's why the rake machines have been out in full force along the 26 miles of sand, cleaning and smoothing.

“All the beach is clean. We took care of the fish, the jubilee that we had last week, so everything is ready for the visitors and locals alike to come enjoy the beach,” said Loftis.

While the sand beach will be clean at the start of this holiday weekend, sadly, it won't stay that way. Some people simply don't clean up after themselves.

“Our biggest issue is just the litter and debris. If people would pick up after themselves, like I said, it would be a tremendous help for us,” said Loftis.

Beach vendors are excited and anxious about the upcoming holiday weekend.  The one concern on their mind is the weather.

“Weather is very important. If it rains, people will still ride, but not as much. We usually have a busy fourth, so should be busy this year,” said beach vendor Michael Moses.

There's no reason for beach visitors to litter this holiday weekend. Not only will there be nearly 400 trash barrels along the shore line, visitors will also find large trash dumpsters at five different locations along the beach.

Preparing the beach for the crowds is the first challenge for sand beach crews. This holiday weekend, it's all hands on deck.

“We'll be working all weekend. Friday is a holiday, but we'll have crews out Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sunday will be tremendous. We'll have our full crew out working Sunday after the fourth,” said Loftis.

Again, if you visit the beach, don't forget to pick up your litter.

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