Ferry Service Set To Close With Bridge Opening

Some people who are happy to the see the new bridge coming, are also saddened by what's going. The ferry service, which has linked Hancock to Harrison County since November of last year, will end when the bridge opens.

With 12 trips daily, the service has taken thousands of cars on the two mile, 30 minute voyage between Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis. Many ferry riders we talked to say, while they'll definitely use the new bridge, they'll miss the leisurely option of riding the waves.

"It's our first time and we were looking for something to do on Mother's Day and we thought we'd do it before the ferry is gone when the bridge opens on Thursday," Bethany Spayde of Long Beach said.

"It's awesome. I wish it would stay even though the bridge is here. Because it's good for the children, it's good for everybody. It's kind of like a little get away. I've never been on one in my life. This is the first one I've ever been on," Chris Walker of Gulfport said.

"We needed to go to Waveland and instead of going all the way around, we decided to take the ferry. This is just our third ride," Augustine Farmer of Gulfport said. "I guess a lot of people [will miss it], but no. Because we're ready for the bridge to open up."

The ferry was paid for by the federal government to help traffic flow between the southern parts of Harrison and Hancock Counties, at a cost of more than $5 million.