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Meeting tonight to discuss beach plan, with BP LLC meeting to follow

The city is hosting two public meetings tonight, with the first starting at 6 p.m. for residents to hear the Army Corps of Engineers plans for the sand beach erosion control project.

Corps officials plan to place rocks, also known as riprap, on the water's edge of the sand beach and to plant seagrass there, with four 100-foot public access openings.

Some residents and city leaders have voiced their objection to the plan because it affects the recreational space available to the public on the sand beach. But Corps officials have said the sand beach has always been meant to be used for erosion control and to serve as a buffer in hurricanes.

Following that meeting, BP LLC officials along with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Marine Resources, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand at 7 p.m. to give updates on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as far as any impact on the area. A question and answer session will follow.

Both meetings are at the City's Recreation Center at 2935 Pascagoula Street.

For more details, call City Hall at 762-1020.