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Coastal Cleanup nets 7.5 tons of marine litter

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources reports that more than 1,260 volunteers took part in a cleanup effort on Mississippi’s beaches and waterways. Saturday’s cleanup took place at 49 designated sites during the 25th annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup. In a news release, the department said Sunday that the 1,266 volunteers picked […] [...]

Federal shutdown at end, but too late for Gulf Islands cleanup

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Even though the federal shutdown has ended, Gulf Islands National Seashore is not participating in this Saturday’s Mississippi Coastal Cleanup. Yesterday, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources sent out a news release about the barrier islands being closed for the cleanup. Despite the federal government being reopened late yesterday, the islands […] [...]

State buys more land on barrier island; total investment up to $8M

CAT ISLAND — A second portion of Cat Island has been purchased by the state of Mississippi through federal and grant funding, according to a release from the Secretary of State’s Office. The state acquired an additional 117 acres of Cat Island from a private landowner. The Secretary of State’s Office purchased 109 acres of […] [...]

Island’s future still being weighed as committee starts work

COLUMBUS — There has been much talk over the years about what kind of economic development projects could be lured to the Island, but so far, no one has been able to come to agreement. Now, the Island’s future is on the table again, with the formation of an ad hoc committee to explore options […] [...]

State buys more property on Gulf island for $8M

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The state of Mississippi has bought 217 more acres of Cat Island to set aside for public use. About one-third of Cat Island is part of the National Park Service’s Gulf Islands National Seashore and BP purchased about one-third of the island following the 2010 oil spill from the Boddie family, […] [...]

Judge tosses lawsuit over ferry’s operating hours

VICKSBURG — A lawsuit challenging how many hours the Kings Point Ferry operates each day has been thrown out by a judge. The Vicksburg Post reports the lawsuit was M&M Property, L.P.’s third attempt in 15 years to force Warren County to keep the vessel open 15-1/2 hours daily. Chancery Judge Ray Montgomery, appointed by […] [...]

Ferry remains understaffed, but continues to operater

VICKSBURG — Kings Point Ferry has suffered four years of being understaffed, but the ferry barge and push boat continues to run 365 days a year. Since 2008, the ferry has run 12 hours a day as the county has searched for another certified master pilot to drive the vessel. “We can just do what […] [...]

City Council to mull rebuilding infrastructure, Deer Island resort

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council will consider rebuilding more infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Katrina and a resort on Deer Island this week. During today’s meeting, The Sun Herald reports Larry Mitrenga will appeal the Planning Commission’s decision that he not be allowed to build a resort on Deer Island. Mitrenga is asking the council […] [...]

Commission rejects proposal for Deer Island development

BILOXI — The Biloxi Planning Commission has rejected a proposed development on the west end of Deer Island. The Sun Herald reports the commission recommended denial of a zoning change. The issue next goes to the Biloxi City Council for a decision. Larry Mitrenga has proposed the Oasis at Deer Island. Mitrenga has described the […] [...]

Agencies working to save Ship Island from erosion

GULF OF MEXICO — Four federal agencies have begun work to save Ship Island from erosion that has become a serious threat to the island’s existence. The Sun Herald reports sand is being added to north side of West Ship Island as a prelude to a $300-million project next year to fill-in the Camille Cut. […] [...]

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