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DMR: the fish is ok to eat but the beaches remain closed

By JACK WEATHERLY It’s okay to eat seafood from the Mississippi Sound. That statement to the Mississippi Business Journal by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is the first good news that the coastal counties have had this summer. Another agency, the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), closed all 21 beaches, starting with some in late June to ...

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Bacteria close Mississippi Gulf Coast mainland beaches

People and pets are being warned to stay out of the water along the entire mainland of the Mississippi Gulf Coast as toxic bacteria continue spreading eastward. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality started closing some beaches June 22 and on Sunday closed the last two sections near the Alabama line. The agency has warned that polluted Midwest floodwaters have ...

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MDEQ issues warning, but doesn't close, Coast beaches

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued water contact advisories for two sampling stations in Harrison County. These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in those areas. MDEQ is working closely with local officials to advise residents that ...

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Officials expect Coast beach to renourished by July

HANCOCK COUNTY — With the seawall barricades and sand re-nourishment projects, about 40 percent of Hancock County’s seven miles of beaches are under construction or not easily accessible. But county officials expect the re-nourishment projects could be completed by July. The beaches need sand pumped in every 10 years or so, county engineer Geoff Clemens said during a meeting this ...

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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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City's waterfront should be open for tourist season

GULFPORT — Gulfport’s waterfront recreation area should be open for business when tourist season arrives. The Sun Herald reports city officials expect construction to be completed in April on all but one of the multimillion-dollar projects underway at the city harbor and Jones Park to the north. The Ship Island ferry terminal, on the harbor’s northwest end, will go out ...

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West Ship Island's beaches to be restored

GULF OF MEXICO — Superintendent Dan Brown announced, as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program, Gulf Islands National Seashore and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in cooperation with the State of Mississippi are undertaking a sand re-nourishment project on the north shore of West Ship Island beginning approximately Aug. 1. The work is expected to be completed by ...

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Beach closed due to sewage spill reopened

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has lifted the water contact closure that was issued May 31 for a section of beach in Gulfport. MDEQ sampling indicates bacteria levels are acceptable for water contact. The section extended from 41st Avenue near the West Side Pier east to 33rd Avenue near the Island View Casino. The closure was ...

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MDEQ issues second beach closure in as many days

LONG BEACH — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is working with the City of Long Beach and the Harrison County Sand Beach Department to advise residents that a water contact closure has been issued for a section of beach in Long Beach. The City of Long Beach reported a sewer bypass discharging onto the beach near Lang Avenue. ...

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