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County, City Team Up To Repair Storm Damage To Park

The Popps Ferry causeway is a favorite fishing spot for reeling in the big ones These days the anglers fish around still obvious hurricane damage. The storm shredded the tin roof on the pavilion and washed away sections of the boardwalk and piers. Indiana visitor Shirley Castillo, says "I'd like to see it all fixed up cause it was beautiful before the hurricane ya know."

Harrison County Supervisor Connie Rockco says plans are underway to make the park beautiful again. "I think the city will be workin' on that of course there's insurance and there's FEMA, MEMA and the tidelands money will have to be reapplied for."

Once the repairs are made, Rockco says the county and city can look ahead to phase two. That will include new street lighting, extra parking spaces near the boat ramps and repaving the causeway. "I can't say everything will be back just like it was cause I don't think the Coast will ever be exactly like was after Katrina but hopefully we'll always remember our green space, our heritage and the things that are important to our quality of life," Rockco says.

Biloxi Recreation Director Nathan Sullivan says FEMA has estimated the damage to be $120,000 and will pay the cost of repairs.  Sullivan says the city is trying to get money together to chip in for the price of phase two.

Marcia Hill 

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