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Appeals Court rules against Coast restaurant owners

BAY ST. LOUIS — The state Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that the owners of Trapani’s Eatery in Bay St. Louis cannot collect more than $300,000 they claimed to be owed by a local insurance agent after their business washed away in Hurricane Katrina. A Hancock County judge ruled against Anthony Trapani in 2010. Trapani and his wife ...

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Supervisors approve update to county's hazard-mitigation plan

WIGGINS — The Stone County Board of Supervisors has approved an update of the county’s hazard-mitigation plan. Emergency management director Raven James tells The Sun Herald FEMA requires the county to have the updated five-year plan in order to receive funding in the case of a natural disaster or emergency. James says projects outlined in the new plan include improving ...

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Coast shelters won't be completed by upcoming hurricane season

JACKSON COUNTY — Jackson County’s three new emergency shelters won’t be ready before hurricane season begins. The Mississippi Press reports architect Walter “Buzzy” Bolton told supervisors yesterday the Hurley, Vancleave and St. Martin shelters will now likely be ready in July. A variety of construction delays have plagued the federally funded projects. The 10,000-square-foot shelters will have eight-inch-thick concrete walls, ...

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Ceremony to celebrate completion, opening of $19M seawall

BAY ST. LOUIS — A ceremony Wednesday will mark the opening of Bay St. Louis’ new $19 million seawall, which should give much better protection from storms than the one that was there before Hurricane Katrina’s surge flooded into the city in 2005. The Sun Herald reports the completion of the work, which began in November 2010, will also allow ...

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W.C. Fore Trucking lands $19.1M port elevation project

GULFPORT — A $19.1 million contract has been awarded by the Port of Gulfport to elevate the first 43 acres of the West Pier to 25 feet. The Sun Herald reports W.C. Fore Trucking Inc. of Biloxi will be hauling roughly 200 loads of dirt a day to the Port of Gulfport. Officials say it will take almost 1.5 million ...

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Latham returning as MEMA executive director

PEARL — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Robert R. Latham Jr. as the new Mississippi Emergency Management Agency executive director following the retirement of former director Mike Womack. This is Latham’s second time as MEMA executive director. He led from February 2000 through July 2006, including during Hurricane Katrina. “This is a tremendous opportunity to rejoin and lead the staff ...

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Supervisors close on more flood-prone homes

JACKSON COUNTY — Jackson County supervisors have approved a payment of $500,949 to Island Winds Title Co. to close on seven homes. The Mississippi Press reports the action brings the county closer finishing its role in a federal buyout program meant to help give relief to residents in repeatedly flooded homes. Planning director Michele Coats says once the seven homes ...

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Corps in race with river to repair flood damage

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — After the monumental flood of 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division reports it has inspected and completed damage assessments reports for all levees, channel improvements, navigation channels and structures associated with the Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T). From the damage assessments, a prioritized list of critical repairs was developed based on threat to ...

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City officials lobbying for change in flood codes

PASCAGOULA — Pascagoula officials are asking lawmakers to amend a state law and allow local governments to enforce federal floodplain codes at hunting and fishing camps so they can qualify for the National Flood Insurance Program. City attorney Eddie Williams tells the Mississippi Press the change is required because the state’s exemption on such properties from meeting flood code conflicts ...

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Two more communities earn StormReady designation

MENDENHALL and SMITH COUNTY — The city of Mendenhall as well as Smith County have earned the latest StormReady designation by the National Weather Service. Mississippi now has 41 StormReady designations that cover 16 cities or towns, 20 counties, three state universities and one government site. StormReady is a nationwide program of the National Weather Service that helps communities protect ...

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