Restoration Continues Around Round Island Lighthouse

A coast landmark is on firmer ground after weeks of dredging in the Mississippi Sound.

Over the last month, crews have pumped more than 20 acres of sand around what is left of the Round Island lighthouse. The old brick structure was knocked over by Hurricane Georges almost four years ago.

Before the landmark can be restored, crews had to improve the west end of the island.

"Now we are in the process of dredging sand from around the island, which was original taken from the island and putting it back around the light house," said Steve Oivanki with Compton Engineering.

The dredging is expected to be completed next week. Pascagoula city leaders hope to plant sea oats all over the west end before the end of the year.