WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) - Thanks to a hard-working group of Seabees, the Wiggins Police Department will soon be back in its newly renovated building after a five-year odyssey.
Tuesday’s unofficial ribbon cutting ceremony has been a long-time coming for the department. Five years of fighting mold, leaks, and crumbling infrastructure will soon be in the staff’s rear view mirror. And it’s thanks in large part to Seabees from the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport.
"They have put in a lot of hard work. A lot of diligence, a lot of hours, and I'd like to thank them for that,” said Wiggins Mayor Joel T. Miles.
About a year and half ago, the renovation project was at a standstill. Then, the Seabees showed up. For the three different Seabee units that worked on the project, it’s been all about community service and real-world training.
"This is a great project for us, because we do train toward all those finished construction type skills, but it's challenging for the opportunity to exercise those skills,” said Cmdr. Luke Greene. "It's a project within the community, but it helps us to exercise all those skills that we want to continue to develop."
The event was an unofficial opening because the City of Wiggins wanted to show their appreciation to the Seabees who worked on the project and will soon be deployed to locations all over the globe.