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DMR seeking comment on proposed marina

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) will hold a public hearing on a proposed residential/commercial marina development planned in the Jourdan River area of Bay St. Louis. The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Bay St. Louis Conference Center.

Riverwalk Inc. has filed an application with the DMR proposing to construct a mixed-use residential/commercial development on a 183-acre site adjacent to the Jourdan River and Cazaubon Farm Road in Bay St. Louis. Wetland impacts associated with the development will include the permanent fill of approximately 2.05 acres of non-tidal wetlands, the construction of a 329-slip marina along the Jourdan River and an existing man-made canal on the property. A marina basin will be excavated from an approximately 3.6-acre area of uplands along the Jourdan River, and approximately 4,735 cubic yards of material will be dredged from the river to slope the marina into deeper water. The mooring basin will contain approximately 2,000 linear feet of eight-foot-wide mainline piers; 3,434 linear feet of three-foot-wide finger piers; 884 linear feet of five-foot-wide finger piers; a two-lane boat ramp measuring 30 feet in width; and approximately 1,100 linear feet of bulkhead for shoreline stabilization along the newly excavated basin.

In addition to the residential and public slips available in the proposed basin, the applicant plans to construct approximately 7,728 square feet of decking for fuel docking and pump-out docking facilities. Additional impacts along the Jourdan River consist of a 100-foot-long-by- 20-foot-wide extension to an existing pier, and a new pier measuring 140 feet in length and 20 feet in width with an associated access pier approximately 115 feet in length by 4 feet in width. Impacts associated with the man-made canal consist of 944 linear feet of 4-foot-wide finger piers; 60 linear feet of 6-foot-wide finger piers; fourteen (14) 20-foot-by-20-foot boathouses; 1,250 linear feet of bulkhead repair/replacement and a two-lane boat ramp measuring 30 feet in width. Total shading associated with the project will be approximately 54,000 square feet.

Riverwalk Inc. also has requested an adjustment to the Coastal Wetlands Use Plan to allow for construction of the marina portion of the project. The adjustment proposes to change the current General Use District “G” to a Commercial Fishing and Recreational Marinas Use District “C.”

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