WAVELAND, Miss. (WLOX) - What if the water off the coast of Waveland was blue instead of brown?
The Hancock County Greenways Committee is searching for a way to overcome the unpleasant appearance of the brown water along the beach as a way to boost economic development.
A vision presented Friday to the committee would do just that by building a second seawall and creating a new bluewater ecosystem close to shore. The proposal would help the ecology, provide greater resistance to storms and boost the economy.
“We believe one of the obstacles to economic development in Hancock County is the water. It is brown," said Allison Anderson of Unabridged Architecture before making the presentation. "How many people actually go swim in the water? Because we have an opportunity here, in some of these areas of Hancock County that have not been fully developed, to really create a beautiful and unique place on the Mississippi Coast.”
Anderson said the project has three components: ecological improvement, increased resilience against storm surge and the natural economic benefit of a more attractive place to live and visit.
If completed, Hancock County would be home to the only blue water beach between Orange Beach in Alabama, and Galveston, Texas.
Friday’s community-information presentation was the first step along a long path to making the estimated $100 million project a reality. The project would be built in three phases from Bienville Drive to Bayou Caddy.