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Long Beach Harbor deemed 'clean & resilient'

It took several years of hard work, but today Long Beach Harbor was designated "clean and resilient" by the Department of Marine Resources. (Photo source: WLOX) It took several years of hard work, but today Long Beach Harbor was designated "clean and resilient" by the Department of Marine Resources. (Photo source: WLOX)
A Clean & Resilient Marina flag now flies on the flagpole next to the boat launch. (Photo source: WLOX) A Clean & Resilient Marina flag now flies on the flagpole next to the boat launch. (Photo source: WLOX)
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

There's a new flag flying over the Long Beach Harbor. It's a banner which recognizes the harbor as a "clean and resilient" marina. That designation was presented Tuesday morning by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

"Y'all have made this marina cleaner through best practices, and also made it more resilient in terms of where your utilities are, your harbormaster is,” said DMR Executive Director Jamie Miller as he presented the flag and certificate.

Long Beach Harbor is officially "clean and green", along with being storm resilient.

The harbor master, along with port commissioners and city leaders, worked toward this recognition for several years.

"The biggest thing is cleanliness. Environmentally friendly products. The way you do your day to day practices, recycling," said Harbormaster William Angley.

To achieve this designation, a harbor must meet a series of stringent criteria. On the clean and green side, it includes things like fuel handling and waste disposal. On the resilient side, things like storm-resistant construction and a working evacuation plan are considered.

"All their electrical hook-ups for boats are elevated or break away so they can remove them in the event of a storm. Of course, their harbor house was elevated after the storm. On the clean side, they follow all the standards from EPA and DEQ in terms of fuel," said Miller.

"This is a great day for us. We've been looking forward to this for over three years," said Port Commissioner Phil Kies.

He said all the hard work finally paid off. And he’s hopeful the "green" designation will help attract visiting boaters.

"Any visiting vessels that come in, they see that flying and go, Oh, I know that this harbor meets all of these environmental conditions, so we look forward to docking here and spending some time and hopefully some money up in the city," said Kies.

Long Beach is the fourth coast harbor awarded the designation, joining Bay St. Louis, Gulfport and Pass Christian.

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