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County Open More Beach Areas Closed Since Katrina
by Keith Burton - GCN   6/12/07

Since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Mississippi Coast August 29, 2005, large sections of Harrison County's beach has been closed to public access. But county and city officials are moving forward to reopen more sections as the cleanup moves forward. Several additional sections of the 26-mile beach will now have public access starting June 15th.

New sections in Biloxi, Gulfport and Pass Christian are to open. In Biloxi, nearly a quarter-mile section from the old Broadwater Marina to Treasure Bay is to open. This area was among the most popular before the hurricane and will help accommodate guests at the refurbished Treasure Bay casino that will reopen in about a month.

In Gulfport, a 300-400 yard stretch from DeBuys Road to the west at Legacy Condominium is to open, and in Pass Christian, nearly a one mile section from Elliot Avenue to Henderson Avenue will open. This section will benefit visitors coming across the new Bay St. Louis Bridge.

Part of the problem on opening the beach sections is that the wooden boardwalk that runs along the beach at the seawall was heavily damaged by the hurricane and splintered wood and its metal supporting structure made access to the beach dangerous. But the county is making repairs to some of sections and providing steps to make access possible.

For months, orange fencing has helped keep visitors from trying to cross to the beach near the most damaged areas of the boardwalk.

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