Harrison County supervisors say there’s a critical need to pump in more sand to certain sections of the beach.
In a letter to the Department of Marines Resources approved Monday, supervisors outline "an immediate need to renourish the nine critical areas" of the two-mile sand beach. Work is needed in all four beachfront cities in areas around the harbors near the following streets:
Jeff Davis Ave.
Hewes Ave./Coffee Creek
Tegarden Rd./Cowan Rd.
Oyster Bayou (just west of Broadwater Marina)
Additionally, if Gulfport wants to re-nourish the area along 20th Ave. at the Harbor, that may be included as well.
Sand Beach Director Chuck Loftis says tidal action makes those areas more susceptible to erosion.
"It's areas that jut out. At each of those harbor areas, on the western sides, the sand gets pulled away and the water is dumping it into Bay St. Louis," Loftis said.
The project will require about 225,000 cubic yards of sand to be pumped ashore at an estimated cost of $3 million, though the final number won’t be known until the project goes out for bid.
The DMR and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must sign off on the beach replenishment. A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13 at 6 p.m. at the DMR office in Biloxi.
Once all the approvals are in place, Loftis expect to send the project out for bids by the beginning of September with work beginning in late October or early November.