Man Made Island May Be On The Way

A new island could emerge from the Mississippi Sound if a congressman gets his way. Congressman Gene Taylor wants concrete rubble from the old Interstate 10 bridge over the Jourdan River in Hancock County to be dumped into the Sound to make a 780-foot-long island about two miles from shore.

The new reef would be in Square Handkerchief Shoal, an area where water depths are four feet or less. Taylor says he thinks the new reef would create a good fishing spot and could provide shelter for boaters during bad weather. Taylor believes piling the concrete in the Sound could trap sand and eventually support plants.

The reef must be approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Marine Resources. The agencies are concerned that the rubble could become a hazard to boaters. The base would be 24 feet wide and the rubble pile would be four feet out of the water.