Jackson County reopens McInnis Bayou Boat Launch with ribbon cutting

SUN HERALDJuly 18, 2014 

JACKSON COUNTYJackson County supervisors, along county staff and community residents turned out Thursday for a ribbon cutting at the newly renovated McInnis Bayou Boat Launch near Moss Point. The upgrades included new piers and bulkhead at the facility, damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

The McInnis Bayou Boat Launch in Moss Point, damaged in Hurricane Katrina, reopened this week with new piers and replacement of the original wooden bulkhead.

The launch was closed in May for the repairs, which included repaving the parking lot. The Jackson County Board of Supervisors held a ribbon-cutting Thursday.

"This recreational facility has a lot of history with our residents," said Supervisor Melton Harris, who represents the area where the boat launch is. "We are pleased that we were able to rebuild it even better than before so future generations will be able to utilize and appreciate our waterways."

The $133,334 improvement project was funded by the state Department of Marine Resources through a $100,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior under the Bureau of Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Boat Access Program. Jackson County contributed the remaining $33,334.

M&D Construction Co. was hired by the county as the general contractor and the project engineer was Michael Baker Jr. Inc. The boat launch is at 3308 Hemlock Ave.

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