With approximately 137 slips already under
contract, the new marina is just blocks from
downtown, the beaches, and casinos.
The 30-foot utility towers are not unique
to Gulfport. Down the coast in Bay St. Louis,
the city’s first public marina is under construction. Here, too, the utility structures
will rise 30 feet above any future storm
surge. The new 163-slip Municipal Harbor is
adjacent to the town’s main street, cost $21
million, and is capable of accommodating
vessels up to 60 feet.
Across the bay in Pass Christian, directly
on Mississippi Sound, a commercial and
recreational harbor is doubling in size with
the addition of 400 state-of-the-art slips and
piers. At a cost of $33 million, it is also the
most expensive of the new marinas. Home
to the Pass Christian Yacht Club, which
traces its roots to 1849, the public marina
should be completed late this year or early
next, an expansion welcomed by a town still
recovering from Katrina. With existing public
marinas already rebuilt in Long Beach, Ocean
Springs, and Biloxi, where a private marina
has also been added, the Mississippi coast
is building the infrastructure necessary to
reclaim its distinction as a world-class
cruising and fishing destination.
— TROY GILBERT
SANDY, REST IN INFAMY THE OFFICIAL NAMES OF hurricanes come around again every six years, according to a list established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). But the name of one of the most deadly storms in U.S. history — “Sandy” — will never be used again, thanks to a WMO decision announced prior to the 2013 hurricane season. The international agency’s hurricane committee formally retired “Sandy” from the official list of names for Atlantic Basin tropical storms because of the extreme damage and devastation the October 2012 super storm caused from the Caribbean to New England. Normally storm names are reused every six years for both the Atlantic and eastern North Pacific basins, but if a specific storm turns out so deadly or costly that using the name in the future would be considered “insensitive or confusing,” the WMO may retire that name. Sandy is the 77th name to be retired from the Atlantic list since 1954, along with the names of other infamous storms like Hugo (1989), Andrew (1992), Isabel (2003), and of course 2005’s twin terrors, Katrina and Rita. The name “Sandy” will be replaced with “Sara,” beginning in the 2018 hurricane season. For all the information you need to take care of your boat during hur- ricane season, go to www.BoatUS.com/hurricanes — R.L.
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