The Jackson County Board of Supervisors held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday to officially reopen the newly improved McInnis Bayou Boat Launch in Moss Point. The boat launch, which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina, had been closed since May to allow for the construction of new piers and replacement of the original wooden bulkhead with a more durable vinyl bulkhead. The parking lot was also repaved.
“This recreational facility has a lot of history with our residents,” says Supervisor Melton Harris who represents the area where the boat launch is located. “We are pleased that we were able to rebuild it even better than before so future generations will be able to utilize and appreciate our waterways.”
The $133,334 improvement project was funded by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources through a $100,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior under the Bureau of Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Boat Access Program. Jackson County contributed the remaining $33,334 as matching funds.
According to M.S.D.M.R. representative Jennifer Wagner, the agency identifies waterfront properties that provide ecological and historical significance and, once improvements are made, will restore community resiliency.
M&D Construction Company, Inc. was hired by the County as the general contractor and the project engineer was Michael Baker, Jr., Inc. The pier and boat launch is located at 3308 Hemlock Avenue.