Governor Seeking Money to Restore
Coast's Barrier Islands
by Keith Burton - GCN
Governor Haley Barbour is in Washington this week seeking more federal Katrina aid including money to restore the Coast's barrier islands.
Hurricane Katrina did more than destroy the homes and businesses along the Mississippi Coast, the hurricane also severely damaged the islands, which just offshore some ten miles from Biloxi, provide protection from storms.
Ship Island, the home of the Civil War-era Fort Massachusetts, was so badly damaged that only portions of the island remain. The same is true of Deer Island, which sits just offshore from Biloxi, which provides a buffer for Biloxi's eastern shoreline and home of the city's billion dollar casino industry.
The Clarion Ledger reports that Barbour will request about $9 billion
for environmental restoration, transportation. He is also requesting money
for rebuilding the port of Gulfport after Hurricane Katrina devastated the
Coast on Aug. 29.
"Right now, we're just trying to make them aware, here are the things
we haven't asked before, here's why we haven't," Barbour said of his
"If we don't replenish the barrier islands, they're going to become sand bars, not islands," Ziegler said.