The City of Biloxi waterfront could see some major upgrades in the future thanks to Governor Phil Bryant.
Governor Bryant has directed $5.9 million for Biloxi’s waterfront plan. These two grants are part of the governor’s 2019 Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act which provide oil and gas revenue to all four coastal states.
This funding will go towards the East Beach project involving a new mile long, ten foot wide boardwalk from Oak Street to the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor and a knee-high wall designed to trap sand on the beach. This boardwalk is similar to the one being built at Point Cadet.
One-third of the funding on East Beach involves changing to a heavier, less powdery sand to help keep roadways clean. Cecilia Dobbs-Walton with the City of Biloxi said, “Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich has been wanting to make the waterfront more accessible. He was already in the works of putting in a boardwalk at Point Cadet. We have one over in West Biloxi and so this will just help to add on to his vision, and this project. Again, we live on the Coast by the water and so again this will just allow the public easier access.”
A similar connecting boardwalk will be built between Bayview Avenue and the shoreline.
Currently there is no timeline for these projects.