Ship Island Ferry a Step Closer in Biloxi
From: City of Biloxi 1/18/`7
Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich moved a step closer this afternoon to his goal of
having Ship Island ferry service resume in Biloxi after the City Council
approved $165,000 in funding for a city pier to be constructed on Point Cadet,
between Harrah's and Margaritaville.
|"This is something we've been working on for months," Gilich said. "The Skrmetta
family, which operated a ferry service from Biloxi for years, committed to me
last year that they were ready to resume operations of this popular
family-oriented attraction in Biloxi, and the Secretary of State has agreed in
principle to a Tidelands lease at this site. We're just waiting on his signature
on the dotted line and we're ready to get moving."
The best news: Gilich hopes the Ship Island ferry service would be up and
running in Biloxi in Spring of this year.
The company would continue to operate out of Gulfport as well.
"As a teen-ager I worked as a deckhand on the Ship Island boat in Biloxi,"
Gilich said. "It's been a goal of mine even before becoming mayor to see this
service resumed in Biloxi. The service would be near the majority of the hotel
rooms, have nearby parking and it's a great family attraction. The Ship Island
ferry is one of those iconic things that says, 'We are Biloxi.'"
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with a total valuation 1.45 million while the Police Department
handled 2,839 calls for service, generating 159 arrests, and the Fire
Department reported 118 calls for service, including 84 for medical
emergencies and two incidents of individuals improperly burning trash.
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