Grant Will Help Ocean Springs Redesign Waterfront

The city of Ocean Springs also got a big financial boost, in its efforts to design a waterfront master plan.

The city has received a $225,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to craft a plan, starting from the bridge around the harbor, and linking the waterfront to downtown.

The funds will be used to hire an engineer, landscape architect, and other experts to address issues ranging from beach erosion to traffic.

"There's never really been a plan, so to speak. But, of course, Ocean Springs is a place where lots of people come. There are traffic issues, congestion, parking in particular. There's a question of whether we should separate boat trailer traffic from the regular traffic on the beach, or re-route our one-way so boat trailers don't go through downtown," Mayor Connie Moran said.

As soon as the consultants are hired, the city will schedule meetings with interested property owners and residents.