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Sunday, June 05, 2011
County opens new Harbor Office in Ocean Springs
A “Ribbon Cutting Ceremony” on June 7 opened the new Harbor Office at the Jackson County Small Craft Harbor in Ocean Springs.
“This project marks one of the largest renovations in the harbor’s history,” District 5 Supervisor John McKay said. “This office is more than a replacement project; this facility is built with the future development of the harbor and surrounding areas in mind.”
Twenty-eight concrete pilings make up the foundation of the new Harbor Office which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge. The office’s floor is 20 feet above “mean sea level” which is eight feet above ground level at the site.
It took 11 months of construction to complete the 3,000 sq. ft. floor plan which includes office space, a large meeting room, and storage. This $830,000 project is being paid fully through FEMA recovery funds.
“This office will serve our recreational and commercial boaters but just as importantly; this office serves as another example of our recovery from Katrina,” McKay said.
The Small Craft Harbor is operated and maintained by the Board of Supervisors through the Harbor Commission and provides 165 boat slips to private and commercial vessels. The harbor is located on the waters of the Mississippi Sound inside the City of Oceans Springs.
The ceremony was attended by County Supervisors, City Officials, Harbor Commissioners, FEMA representatives, project managers, and community leaders.
Pictured on Front Row (L to R): Brad Lemon, Harbor Commissioner; Tom Mcllwain, Harbor Commissioner; Supervisor John McKay, Board of Supervisors; Mayor Connie Moran, City of Ocean Springs; Alderman Chic Cody, Harbor Commission/City of Ocean Springs; and Alderman Troy Ross, City of Ocean Springs.
Posted on Sunday, June 05, 2011 by Nicole Grundel
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