FEMA approves $1.6M for Gulfport pier/jetty repairs

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport will be able to use almost $1.6 million from FEMA to repair piers and jetties damaged by Hurricane Isaac in 2012. That word came Tuesday from Senator Thad Cochran's office.

The repairs were on hold for almost two years because of concerns that fishing off those piers threatened the endangered Kemps Ridley turtle. Once NOAA determined that the turtles were not endangered by rebuilding the piers, FEMA approved the funding.

Gulfport city leaders had asked the members of Mississippi's Congressional delegation to work with the federal agencies in reaching a resolution.

"I appreciate FEMA for working with me, members of the delegation, Mayor Hewes and others to reach an understanding on the scope of the work to be done and need to finally move forward with these recovery projects," Cochran said.  "I hope we can reach similar agreements on other outstanding disaster recovery projects for our other Gulf Coast communities."

In all, FEMA approved $1.19 million to restore the West Side, Ken Combs, Moses and Urie piers. Another $400,821 will be used for Ken Combs, Moses and Urie jetty repairs.

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