Construction crews have already begun demo work on the bulkhead and boardwalk in the Back Harbor off Kensington Dr.
Despite the bad weather, the Jackson County Board of Supervisors held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, January 26 at 10:00 a.m. for a $4 million improvement project at the Jackson County Small Craft Harbor in Ocean Springs.
The project will involve replacing all of the bulkhead with new vinyl and composite material. The current boardwalk will also be replaced and new raised platforms with quick release power pedestals will be installed for each of the boat slips. The project which began earlier this month, is primarily funded through FEMA as well as some Tidelands funds.
“The County has made it a priority to make quality improvements at the Harbor,” says District 4 Supervisor Troy Ross. “This project will not only be an aesthetic improvement that everyone can appreciate, boat owners will benefit from the technological upgrades that also meets FEMA Flood Requirements for elevated electrical work.”
This is the second FEMA funded improvement project the county has made at the Harbor over the past two years. Last year the county opened the new Harbor Office, an $830,000 project that was also funded through FEMA recovery funds.
The bulkhead/boardwalk improvement project is expected to be complete by January 2013.