BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Crews are hard at work with the beginning stages of a project to beautify beaches along the Gulf Coast.
Construction is underway for Phase One of the outfalls project in Harrison County.
The one they’re working on now is located between Biloxi Harbor and the Blind Tiger. It’s the first out of three existing outfall pipes that will be covered with the new beach storm waterfalls, which will feature a wave design. The two other areas are east of the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor.
This multi-million dollar project is being overseen by the Department of Marine Resources in an effort to make them more visually appealing and eliminate almost all of the pipes. Director Joe Spraggins says the project is strongly supported by Governor Phil Bryant.
“The governor lives in the north part of the state. And he said that every since he’s been coming down, he looked at it, and one of the things was those old ugly pipes, and it’s been an initiative from the governor himself,” Spraggins said.
Spraggins says once this phase is complete, they’ll see how the community responds before moving on to other pipes along the Coast. He adds other ideas are in the works for future projects.
“Some of the things we’re looking at is basically taking some of those big outfall areas, like over at Coffee Creek, and making a pier out of it,” he said.
It’s all an effort to beautify the Coast for residents and tourists alike.
The funding for the project is coming from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) funds. According to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, $4.95 million of the GOMESA funding will go to storm drain replacements.