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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

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