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10/17/02

Crews Keep Working On Harrison County Beach

The sun glistened off a tranquil Mississippi Sound. The water barely made a ripple. It was almost like the Sound was taking a nap -- still tired from a ferocious eight day stretch, when Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili littered the beach with debris.

Joe Scarborough is one of the Harrison County sand beach employees who's worked seven days a week to rid the sand of its storm related scars. "I think we have more debris on the beach than we had when Georges hit," he said.

On Thursday, Scarborough and his bulldozer worked the beach near the Armed Forces Retirement Home. "All I see is mainly the grass off the islands," he said. "You name it, it's on the tideline."

At this point, the sand beach department estimates it's 75% done with the initial collecting and stock piling of Harrison County beach debris. Next week, the department will hire a contractor to haul off the mess.

Before the debris disappeared, David Kip felt the need to take pictures of what mother nature washed ashore. "Aesthetically the aftermath of the storm, it was something," Kip said. "Look at the mess that's left. And all the work that went into putting it there,"

Joe Scarborough did a lot of that work. And there's still more to do. So Scarborough and his bulldozer will go back to sections of the beach that got cleaned after Isidore -- only to be messed up again after Lili.

Harrison County Sand Beach director Bobby Weaver believes it will take five million dollars to pay for any repairs to the sand beach area.

by Brad Kessie

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