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If Hurricane Nate ruined your dock or pier, you’ll want to read this

Urie Pier at the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor was heavily damaged by Hurricane Nate on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.
Urie Pier at the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor was heavily damaged by Hurricane Nate on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. John Fitzhugh

If Hurricane Nate damaged or destroyed your pier, boathouse or dock, you may qualify for no permit fees typically charged by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

Any structure built over water that requires a permit by the MDMR can be repaired or rebuilt until April 30, 2018, with no permit fee provided you meet the criteria.

The owner must have received a permit to build the original structure, and repairs or replacements must be done with the same specifications as the original permit.

MDMR announced the permit waiver on Wednesday.

Property owners must submit an application for another permit before starting construction.

Call MDMR’s Wetlands Permitting Bureau at 228-523-4106 for details.

Also, the state agency wants to hear from anyone who sees a boat that’s partially sunk or washed up on the beach or a pier. To give a tip, call 1-844-WE-R-DMR (1-844-937-6367) or 228-523-4134.

Hurricane Nate came ashore in east Gulfport about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, causing mostly minor damages to the coastal regions of Harrison, Jackson and Hancock counties.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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