Just a few hundred feet of the Escatawpa River is accessible people in downtown Moss Point. For local fishermen like Gary Leach, the river is a great way to spend a day away from work. He was happy to share his favorite fishing spot with dozens of county leaders to mark the beginning of the boardwalk project.
"I think that is a good idea to give people a lot of room to get here and fish. There are a lot of people who enjoy to come out here and fish. Spread it further around to get to some of the better fishing spots around here," Leach says.
The boardwalk will follow the river through the heart of downtown Moss Point. City leaders say they've waited three years to break ground on this project, and believe it will serve residents while attracting tourists.
Moss Point Alderman at Large John McKennie says," It's part of our long range plan to revitalize the downtown area to draw, not just more people, but more businesses, and get people to the downtown area and help improve the quality of life for the people of Moss Point."
Most of the boardwalk is being paid for by the federal government through a fund that promotes attractions along, or close to, the interstate.
"The benefit of this project is to improve the downtown area of Moss Point. That allows Moss Point to attract more commerce business, more people. The beauty of this site will cause them to stop and visit," Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown says.