Gautier City Park boat launch closed for repairs, improvements - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Gautier City Park boat launch closed for repairs, improvements

Repairs are expected to take around four months. (Photo source: WLOX) Repairs are expected to take around four months. (Photo source: WLOX)
GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -

Although it's one of the busiest times of year for boaters, the boat ramp at George Martin City Park in Gautier is closed.

Ward 3 councilman Casey Vaughan says he understands closing the ramp is an unpopular move, but stresses that is necessary. 

"City Park is one of our most popular parks and is often utilized by eco-tourists," Vaughan said.

The ramp had to be closed so the city can make vital improvements that include replacing the deteriorating dock decking and bulkheads, and adding a new floating launch for kayaks and canoes.

"The launch and docks there were deteriorating and we didn't have the general funds to make the repairs, so we're very fortunate to receive a grant to repair them and add a new kayak launch; an amenity that's been desired for many years by Gautier residents," said Vaughan.

The work is funded by a US Fish and Wildlife service sport fish and recreation program grant, and tidelands funds.

“Unfortunately, the timing is not the best,” Vaughan said. “However, we had to work with the grant time line to get the project done as soon as possible.” 

While the work is underway, boaters will have to use other public launches including Webb Landing on Octavia Street in St. Andrews, River Park on Clark Street in Pascagoula, and Lighthouse Park on Frederic Street in Pascagoula.

Boaters can also use one of the private launches, but will have to pay a fee.

Work on the ramps is expected to take about four months. 

Copyright 2017 WLOX. All Rights Reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Bond set for mom accused of leaving infant in hot car

    Bond set for mom accused of leaving infant in hot car

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:20 AM EDT2018-06-20 14:20:25 GMT
    Barhanovich is accused of leaving her 10-month-old son, Kash, in a hot car. (Photo source: WLOX)Barhanovich is accused of leaving her 10-month-old son, Kash, in a hot car. (Photo source: WLOX)

    A judge says Elizabeth Barhanovich will remain in jail indefinitely. She's the mom accused of leaving her 10-month-old son Kash in a hot car to die.

    More >>

    A judge says Elizabeth Barhanovich will remain in jail indefinitely. She's the mom accused of leaving her 10-month-old son Kash in a hot car to die.

    More >>
  • Suicide prevention information available

    Suicide prevention information available

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:31 PM EDT2018-06-20 03:31:11 GMT
    Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline a 1-800-273-TALK (8255). (Photo Source: Pixabay)Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline a 1-800-273-TALK (8255). (Photo Source: Pixabay)
    Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline a 1-800-273-TALK (8255). (Photo Source: Pixabay)Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline a 1-800-273-TALK (8255). (Photo Source: Pixabay)

    It is never easy to report on the death those in the communities we serve. Suicide is no exception. 

    More >>

    It is never easy to report on the death those in the communities we serve. Suicide is no exception. 

    More >>
  • Hurricane worries can cause anxiety and even PTSD

    Hurricane worries can cause anxiety and even PTSD

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:47 PM EDT2018-06-20 02:47:20 GMT
    The threat of hurricanes in South Mississippi has caused many residents to have anxiety. (Source: File)The threat of hurricanes in South Mississippi has caused many residents to have anxiety. (Source: File)
    The threat of hurricanes in South Mississippi has caused many residents to have anxiety. (Source: File)The threat of hurricanes in South Mississippi has caused many residents to have anxiety. (Source: File)

    Fortunately for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it's been calm this hurricane season, aside from the Subtropical Alberto scare Memorial Day Weekend. 

    More >>

    Fortunately for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it's been calm this hurricane season, aside from the Subtropical Alberto scare Memorial Day Weekend. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly