The Closing Of The "Point" - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

03/09/05

The Closing Of The "Point"

More testing on Pascagoula Point soil in needed to find out how much pollution is there. As WLOX reported last Friday, the city closed the popular fishing spot and boat launch after traces of dioxins and other substances were found. Aside from the occasional walker, the once busy section of Beach Drive leading to the Point much quieter.

The City put up barricades to keep people out, after traces of dioxins and several other materials were found in the soil. "The city has not been notified as to what other compounds were discovered," says Councilman At Large Matthew Avara. Northrop Grumman... which owns the land... has already done more testing. Those samples are being reviewed by the Department of Environmental Quality. And the DEQ plans additional testing of its own. "We have no indication that there are any extremely hazardous or dangerous substances that have been found we just felt it was prudent for public safety," says Avara. Avara says the small amounts of dioxins found at the Pointe by Northrop Grumman were in isolated areas and posed no real threat to people or the environment. As for the unidentified substances, Avara says if they did pose any potential risks the company would have notified city leaders.

But still, Avara says city officials decided to close the Pointe temporarily as a precautionary measure and to allow for additional testing and the removal of any undesirable materials. "We're hopeful that within the next couple of weeks we can get the facility back open," says Avara. Avara says he's been told the substances, of concern, aren't deep in the soil... and shouldn't be difficult to clean up. 

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Nearly 400 swimmers compete in meet at Biloxi Natatorium

    Nearly 400 swimmers compete in meet at Biloxi Natatorium

    Friday, June 22 2018 11:00 PM EDT2018-06-23 03:00:09 GMT
    Swimmers taking part in a meet in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News)Swimmers taking part in a meet in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News)
    Swimmers taking part in a meet in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News)Swimmers taking part in a meet in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News)

    Nearly 400 swimmers are on the Coast this weekend for the 10th Annual Splashin' the Coast swim meet at the Biloxi Natatorium.

    More >>

    Nearly 400 swimmers are on the Coast this weekend for the 10th Annual Splashin' the Coast swim meet at the Biloxi Natatorium.

    More >>
  • Eyewitness saw plane moments before the crash

    Eyewitness saw plane moments before the crash

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:25 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:25:47 GMT
    Wayne Lascola works at the Diamondhead Marina, and usually, he's checking on boats, but this morning something else got his attention. (Photo source: WLOX)Wayne Lascola works at the Diamondhead Marina, and usually, he's checking on boats, but this morning something else got his attention. (Photo source: WLOX)
    Wayne Lascola works at the Diamondhead Marina, and usually, he's checking on boats, but this morning something else got his attention. (Photo source: WLOX)Wayne Lascola works at the Diamondhead Marina, and usually, he's checking on boats, but this morning something else got his attention. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive on the Coast tomorrow to examine wreckage from that Cessna 172 that crashed this morning just north of the Diamondhead Airport.

    More >>

    Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive on the Coast tomorrow to examine wreckage from that Cessna 172 that crashed this morning just north of the Diamondhead Airport.

    More >>
  • Car enthusiasts geared up for Scrapin' the Coast

    Car enthusiasts geared up for Scrapin' the Coast

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:08 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:08:47 GMT
    Many of the 2,300 Scrapin' registered car owners spent Friday adding the final polishes before the gates open Saturday morning. (Photo source: WLOX)Many of the 2,300 Scrapin' registered car owners spent Friday adding the final polishes before the gates open Saturday morning. (Photo source: WLOX)
    Many of the 2,300 Scrapin' registered car owners spent Friday adding the final polishes before the gates open Saturday morning. (Photo source: WLOX)Many of the 2,300 Scrapin' registered car owners spent Friday adding the final polishes before the gates open Saturday morning. (Photo source: WLOX)

    The Coast Coliseum serves as the Scrapin' the Coast main event host. Many of the 2,300 Scrapin' registered car owners spent Friday adding the final polishes before the gates open Saturday morning.

    More >>

    The Coast Coliseum serves as the Scrapin' the Coast main event host. Many of the 2,300 Scrapin' registered car owners spent Friday adding the final polishes before the gates open Saturday morning.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly