Not far from the wreckage site of a single car accident on Beach Boulevard, there's another patch of broken concrete, but this damage isn't man-made. There's a large sinkhole in the sidewalk lining the beach between Courthouse and Tegarden Roads. Cory Brainard likes to spend her free time rollerblading down the boardwalk, enjoying the view, but because of the condition of the sidewalk, she always keeps an eye on the ground just in case.
Brainard says, “They do have some accumulation of sand, particularly around the exit points where the stairs are, and that could be really dangerous to roll over that in rollerblades.” The sidewalk between Courthouse Road and Tegarden has a very visible sinkhole. It has swallowed up a good chunk of the sidewalk, making part of the sidewalk more like an obstacle course. Brainard also says, “If there’s a sinkhole in the side, and there happens to be glass or sand next to the sinkhole, then I could easily fall.”
As tourism season starts to heat up, the beautification of the beaches becomes a top priority. While not immediately available for an interview, the City of Gulfport did tell News 25 that they are working on the field work to replace the damage to the sidewalk. City of Gulfport spokesman, Chris Vignes, tells News 25 that plans are underway to repair the sidewalk, but the sinkhole is so severe, it destroyed the drainage system there and it will have to be replaced first.
Until then, keep an eye out if you happen to be in the area. Harrison County oversees the actual beaches and the City of Gulfport is in charge of the sidewalk repairs and other infrastructure near the beach.