Gulfport Small Craft Harbor located on the Mississippi Sound is a full reconstruction of the City of Gulfport’s recreational marina that the storm destroyed in 2005. This past spring the harbor and its large outdoor pavil- ion hosted the Gulf Coast Yacht and Boat Show, and thousands of attendees walked the piers among new utility stations that ower 30 feet above the water. Harbormaster George Manemann explains, “We received hazard-mitigation grants that allowed us to put the electrical equipment and utilities, the most expensive items to replace, above the height of a potential storm surge that has a 1-in-100 chance of striking us every year.” BOATING IS BACK IN MISSISSIPPI
EIGHT YEARS AFTER Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi coast has turned its gaze toward the water
for economic development and quality of
life. Three massive public marinas now are
either complete or under construction.
That will put nearly 1,000 new boat slips
in the water by early 2014. Financed
primarily using Federal Community
Development Block Grants and FEMA
funds awarded to the state in the after-
math of Katrina, the total investment in
recreational boating infrastructure
is nearly $94 million.
The recently completed 319-slip
PHOTOS, LEFT TO RIGHT: GRETCHEN DORIAN, TROY GILBERT
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