Deer Island Pier Project moving forward

Deer Island Pier Project moving forward

DEER ISLAND, MS (WLOX) - The Secretary of State says the public pier project on Deer Island is moving forward, set to increase public access to the popular near Shore Island.

The state plans on building a 170-foot long pier across from the Point Cadet Marina, and hire a ferry service which will transport passengers to and from the popular island.

"They are currently making the pillars which are going to be 42 feet long, concrete pillars will be made on the Mississippi gulf coast," said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. "They'll start construction in about a month with driving those. We're on target to be there December the 30 with a new pier for Deer Island."

Jamie Miller, the executive director of the Department of Marine Resources agrees with that timeline.

"We're going to be able to reduce the length of some of those concrete piles which we think will save some money," said Miller. "All of the materials have been ordered, some have been delivered, so the contractor will be mobilizing on site soon. Time line is still the same. We're going to have a pier constructed by the end of this year."

The Secretary of State's Office will soon issue a request for proposals to find a ferry boat operator to hire to take passengers to and from the island.
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