Biloxi Prepares To Repair Its Harbors

Daddy's Money may be the name of a boat docked at Point Cadet Marina. But it's big brother's checkbook that will pay for almost $10 million worth of Biloxi marina repairs.

According to Biloxi's website, "The city has obtained permits to dredge the marina and harbor to deptys of 10 to 12 feet, and plans to install concrete piers at the small craft harbor and slightly reconfigure a pier at Point Cadet Marina to allow the facility to accommodate larger vessels."

That's exciting news to boat owner Greg Haeusler.

"Oh that's terrific," he said while taking a break from a minor boat maintenance project.

Biloxi leaders say almost half of the $10 million set aside for marina repairs will be spent to redo Point Cadet Marina. One of the changes will shorten the pier where Haeusler's boat is docked. As the city's news release says, the idea is to give other piers access to larger vessels.

"I think that's a good thing, so they can get some bigger boats here, probably provide some more revenue for the city," he said.

Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway pointed out that his city had plans to improve its harbors before Katrina. He believes the upgrades at Point Cadet, and the new concrete piers that will replace hurricane damaged wooden piers at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor should bring both docks back "better than they were" before the storm.

Haeusler can't wait, because the improvements will give his vessel access to shore power. So the Hattiesburg man won't have to drive down to the coast periodically to keep his engine batteries charged.

"It sounds like that's great news," he said.

Bids to construct Biloxi's harbor improvements will be accepted next month. The work should start by April. The city expects the dredging work, the concrete pier work, and the reconfiguration of both marinas along the Mississippi Sound to be finished by Thanksgiving.

Biloxi also has plans to make improvements to the commercial harbor behind Hard Rock's garage. Contractors won't bid on that project until the spring.