Beach advisory extended to Gulfport

The state departments of Environmental Quality, the Marine Resources and the Health extended the existing beach advisory in Harrison County to the west from the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor on the west to Azalea Avenue in Biloxi on the east.

This area had significant amounts tar mats and tar patties on the beach. The heaviest concentrations were between White Avenue in Biloxi and Cowan Road in Gulfport.

MDEQ and the Beach Monitoring Task Force recommend that people avoid contact with oil-related materials such as tar balls and tar mats and stay out of the water if these materials are visible. This area includes Mississippi beach monitoring sites 9, 10, 10A, 11, 11A, 12, 12A, 13, and a portion of 12B. The Jackson County advisory issued Monday remains in effect and includes the area from Main Street in the Belle Fountain area west to Seashore Avenue. This encompasses existing beach monitoring sites 17 and 15A.