Harrison Co. could spend $3.5M to replenish beaches

Harrison Co. could spend $3.5M to replenish beaches
It will take about two weeks of work to get Harrison County's 26 miles of sand beach back in good shape. (Photo source: WLOX)

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Erosion is taking a toll on the beach in Harrison County. That's why the board of supervisors is considering a multimillion-dollar sand renourishment project.

It is a $3.5 million project, pumping in some 200,000 cubic yards of fresh sand along eight sections of beach where erosion has become a real concern.

"Usually on a structure that sticks out, like on the side of Jeff Davis is the Long Beach Harbor, so it comes around. Same thing at the Pass Christian Harbor. Wherever the highway juts out, right there at Hewes Ave.," said sand beach director Chuck Loftis.

Engineer Dax Alexander told supervisors things like sand dunes and fencing are helpful for controlling erosion, but they can only do so much.

"Erosion and the movement of sand is just a part of the natural process. In our area, everything moves east to west," said Alexander.

Loftis told supervisors it's important the county move forward with this sand renourishment project.

"It's something that we need to do as soon as possible. This is something that's, like he said, in certain areas, it's already lapping up against the pedestrian pathway," said Loftis.

The board voted to give its tentative approval to the project on the contingency that the engineering fees be negotiated. The last beach renourishment took place in 2008.

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