A wave of new growth in Long Beach today as crews began planting more sea oats along Highway 90.
Funding for the $200,000 project was awarded back in September 2019 by then-Governor Phil Bryant through phase two of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA).
Planting for the 100,000 of the 200,000 total sea oats allotted started this morning west of the Long Beach Harbor.
Over the course of the next six or seven days, crews will also finish planting in two locations of Gulfport near the Island View Casino and Hewes Avenue by Centennial Plaza.
Harrison County Sand Beach Director Chuck Loftis says the sea oats are expected to bring some relief to drivers along the highway. “When we had these three or four day events last week with 35 MPH winds, the sand goes right over the sea wall and then onto the highway, being a danger for public safety. So, the sea oats by far are the best deterrent we have for the wind blown sand.”
It will take about three years for the sea oats to grow into an existing dune. They hope to receive additional grants to add more along the 26 miles of coastal beaches.