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Corps: New $19M seawall not stairwell to beach

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Bay St. Louis seawall is not meant for public access but to protect the road and utilities from hurricanes, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Susan Rees, manager of the Corps’ Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program, tells the Sea Coast Echo the $19 million seawall is not a stairwell to the beach although some ...

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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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State will not have to repay interest earned on Katrina fund

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi won’t have to repay about $987,000 in interest the state purportedly earned on Hurricane Katrina public assistance fund. Hood said yesterday in a news release that the Federal Emergency Management Agency ruled favorably on Mississippi’s appeal of an audit by the Inspector General. Hood said that on appeal, the Mississippi Emergency Management ...

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Longleaf pine reforestation could have $300M economic impact

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — A long-term, federal initiative aimed at more than doubling the size of longleaf pine forests in the Southeast could have an estimated $300 million economic impact in the Mississippi Pine Belt. In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that 20 restoration projects had been programmed for 2012, including a $2.7 million effort in the DeSoto National ...

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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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Mayor: All post-Katrina infrastructure work complete south of railroad

GULFPORT — Mayor George Schloegel told the city council that Gulfport’s infrastructure work in the area south of the railroad tracks is now finished, closing the books on $70.3 million worth of post-Katrina work in the city’s hardest-hit area. The work included new water and sewer lines, drainage, repaving the streets and repairing curbs and sidewalks. Schloegel told the council ...

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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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Court denies motion to reconsider wind-versus-water decision

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied motions to reconsider its ruling last December that overturned a judgment for an insurance company in a wind vs. water case. The case involved a Pascagoula home hit by 6.3 feet of storm surge during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Both the homeowners and Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Co. had asked the court ...

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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 to allow a zoning change ...

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