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Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Jackson County reels in the new Ocean Springs Fishing Pier
Over 40 people were in attendance of the official Ribbon Cutting for the new Ocean Springs Fishing Pier. As the festivities were being held anglers, with reels in hand, were making their way to christen the $1.5 million, 1300 foot pier.
The pier is perfectly located on the Bienville Boulevard Service Road, just north of the Ocean Springs/Biloxi Bridge.
The new pier, funded by primarily by FEMA funds, replaces the old railroad bridge destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, is a part of the County’s master plan to improve family recreational facilities throughout the County.
“Fishing is a part of the history of this area and it is an exciting accomplishment to offer this new pier to the public,” says District 4 Supervisor Troy Ross.
The 1,320 foot long pier is 10 foot wide with 4 pavilions that provide seating and shade at various points. The structure is made from marine grade decking and metal roofing. It is supported by 14 sq. inch concrete piles that range in length from 45 feet to 60 feet.
A saltwater hand pump and plenty of parking were added to provide conveniences for people that come to enjoy the pier and walking track.
The Jackson County Recreational Department will also be responsible for maintaining the pier and the surrounding area.
"A lot of hard work and planning went into this project, and citizens have a great recreational facility right here in our own backyard,” says Board President John McKay.
The public is encouraged to visit the pier and make full use of it and its amenities.
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2012 by Nicole Grundel
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