DMR Plans Meeting With Engineers Over Forrest Avenue Pier - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

BOATERS SAY RAMP IS "USELESS"

DMR Plans Meeting With Engineers Over Forrest Avenue Pier

Officials at the Department of Marine Resources are now planning a meeting with the engineering firm that designed the Forrest Avenue pier on Biloxi's Back Bay. They have not named a specific date for the meeting, but said it will be in "the near future."

On Sunday, WLOX-News first reported that some boaters were calling the boat launch, a waste of money. They said it's not steep enough, so boaters have to practically get their rear axles underwater in order to launch. Some boat owners said they've stopped using the ramp as a result.

"These things were built for the enjoyment of recreational fishermen and also boaters and if there's something going on there that's preventing that, obviously, we're going to look into this and see what can be done to make it possible for everybody to enjoy it," said Lauren Thompson, a spokesperson for the DMR.

The firm Moran Seymour & Associates designed the boat launch. No one from the firm returned phone calls about this story.

The Forrest Avenue pier, was destroyed during Hurricane Georges in 1998. It was rebuilt less than a year ago, with funding from the city of Biloxi, Harrison County, the state, and FEMA. The DMR was the lead agency on the project. The Biloxi Port Commission maintains the pier.

By Amanda Jones

More from the WLOX.com news archives:

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Arguments in Street capital murder trial begin today

    Arguments in Street capital murder trial begin today

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 8:42 AM EDT2017-07-25 12:42:07 GMT

    A Jackson County jury has been seated. Opening arguments begin this morning in the capital murder trial of Scotty Street. Street is accused of stabbing Frankie Fairley to death in 2014 and stealing her van. Officers say Street drove that van to D'Iberville where he reportedly robbed a convenience store. Fairley's body was found in a field not far from her Hurley home. The discovery was one day after family reported her missing.

    More >>

    A Jackson County jury has been seated. Opening arguments begin this morning in the capital murder trial of Scotty Street. Street is accused of stabbing Frankie Fairley to death in 2014 and stealing her van. Officers say Street drove that van to D'Iberville where he reportedly robbed a convenience store. Fairley's body was found in a field not far from her Hurley home. The discovery was one day after family reported her missing.

    More >>
  • Plans to open aviation museum in Gulfport hit road block

    Plans to open aviation museum in Gulfport hit road block

    Monday, July 24 2017 10:49 PM EDT2017-07-25 02:49:43 GMT

    Supporters of what's called the Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum said they were recently told much needed repairs can't be made using a $250,000 grant acquired from the state.

    More >>

    Supporters of what's called the Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum said they were recently told much needed repairs can't be made using a $250,000 grant acquired from the state.

    More >>
  • Rain puts Pascagoula's new football turf on the clock

    Rain puts Pascagoula's new football turf on the clock

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:09 PM EDT2017-07-25 03:09:56 GMT
    Rain has slowed down construction crews as they attempt to put a new field turf at War Memorial Stadium (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Rain has slowed down construction crews as they attempt to put a new field turf at War Memorial Stadium (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    The Pascagoula Panthers open the 2017 football season on the road. In fact, their first three games are road contests. That scheduling quirk may give field turf crews just enough time to get War Memorial Stadium ready for the September 8 home opener. The wet weather in South Mississippi is placing quite the burden on construction workers as they attempt to complete stadium renovations. The project was suppose to be finished before the beginning of Pascagoula's football season.

    More >>

    The Pascagoula Panthers open the 2017 football season on the road. In fact, their first three games are road contests. That scheduling quirk may give field turf crews just enough time to get War Memorial Stadium ready for the September 8 home opener. The wet weather in South Mississippi is placing quite the burden on construction workers as they attempt to complete stadium renovations. The project was suppose to be finished before the beginning of Pascagoula's football season.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly