Waves are hitting Harrison County now thanks to the first beach storm water outfalls on the Mississippi Gulf.
Local officials and Governor Phil Bryant met on the beaches of Harrison County to cut the ribbon on this highly anticipated project.
So far, only three outfalls in the project are complete and they are located near the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge and I-110, but Bryant says more than ten other waves are scheduled to make appearances in the future.
The waves are built over existing pipes along the beach and Governor Bryant says he is excited to see the project get underway. “This is just one of those dreams come true literally. General Spraggins and I sat in my office during November and I said we’ve got to do something about the outfalls. We’ve got to bring some of them together. There are 150 up and down these beaches and people think they’re worse than they are and children like to play on them. So we’ve got to protect that and we got to build something that people can come to and so you’re standing on it.”
The beach storm water outfalls, which are being built to help reduce the number of pipes along the beach, are being constructed using funds received through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act.