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Sand beach crews begin massive clean-up

Wind and waves from Tropical Storm Cindy battered the shoreline for several days. Erosion and debris are two of the biggest problems now facing the beach. (Photo source: WLOX) Wind and waves from Tropical Storm Cindy battered the shoreline for several days. Erosion and debris are two of the biggest problems now facing the beach. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Tropical Storm Cindy made a mess of the beach in Harrison County, and sand beach crews now face a monumental clean-up. Wind-driven water brought all sorts of vegetation and litter ashore.

"I can tell you, there's been a massive amount of debris that has washed up down the tideline," said Sand Beach Superintendent Dennis D’Aquin, "We'll have crews out picking up the bulk of the wood before we can run our beach sweepers through it. And then we'll haul it off to the dump areas."

The more serious problem, perhaps, is beach erosion. The pounding waves have taken quite a toll.

"No doubt about it. There's been significant erosion over the whole 26 miles," said D’Aquin.

A spot near Hewes Avenue in Gulfport is among the worst. Waves have washed away much of the sand along the seawall.

Barricades are in place to keep boardwalk visitors safe from the drop-off.

"It's been a mess, I'll be honest with you. Our chairs have been completely buried from the sand. And we're having to dig them out," said beach vendor Jamie Perkins.

Perkins is grateful to see the sand beach crews already working the clean-up. After all, Harrison County's sand beach is the heartbeat of tourism.

"It's everything to tourism. Everybody who comes to Biloxi wants to go to the beach, ride jet skis, lay out. There's just a lot of debris, a lot of trash on the beach. But with Harrison County's help and some other people's help, we're getting the beach cleaned up," said Perkins.

Sand Beach crews will be working overtime in the coming days. After all, the busy Fourth of July holiday is just over a week away, so the task is simple.

"Weather permitting, get this beach back to where everyone can come out and have a good time," said D’Aquin.

Harrison County has a beach renourishment scheduled to begin this fall. There's a chance some of the damage areas from Cindy, could be added to that project.

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