As we enter into this year's Beach Season, we find ourselves engulfed in Katrina Recovery Projects all along our coastline. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is currently performing a beach renourishment project replacing the lost sand and damaged drainage structures due to Katrina. Several of our parking lots south of the seawall are either under repair or will be within the next few months. Also, the reconstruction of Hwy 90 is full steam ahead and many beach side parking bays are impacted by this work. We do apologize for all of the inconveniences and ask for your patience as we restore our beautiful coastline and scenic drive.
The near shore waters have been cleaned therefore the entire beach is open for public use. However, please understand that although the beach is open, one may find available parking difficult to locate. We will continue to work with the Mississippi Department of Transportation in designating available parking throughout the construction phases of this work.
Currently we are in the process of permitting our beach vendors to operate in some areas of beach not impacted by construction activity. These vendors provide chair/umbrella, aqua cycles, paddleboats and Jet Ski's rentals.
We are still permitting bon fires and special events on the beach. The permit costs $ 5.00, with a $ 25.00 Clean - Up Deposit required. These locations are determined by availability of parking and access to the beach. Please contact the Sand Beach Office for a copy of the permit application or down load from our website.
We have other Katrina projects underway; check the Beach News to get an update on the status of these projects.
In closing, I would like you to know that our beaches are tested several times a week for water quality issues and if we encounter a problem, signs are posted in accordance with State and Federal requirements. If you would like to check recent or the current status of the Beach Monitoring Program, please check the following websites: www.usm.edu/gcrl/msbeach/index.cgi or www.deq.state.ms.us/MDEQ.nsf/page/Main_Home?OpenDocument.
We hope that you will enjoy yourself while spending time on our beach!
Director, Sand Beach Authority
For more information, please contact Chuck Loftis at firstname.lastname@example.org