Gulf Islands to begin Ship Island beach replentishment program

Gulf Island National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown announced today that the federal and state government will begin rebuilding the north-side beach of West Ship Island, where Fort Massachusettes is, in early August.

The sand re-nourishing project is part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program, the National Seashore and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will work on it in cooperation with Mississippi.

The purpose of the project is to replace beach that has been lost to erosion from storms and natural movement of the islands and to stabilize the island. It will also provide protection to historic Fort Massachusetts, which is currently in danger from the encroaching sea.

Sand for the project will be taken from the old abandoned Gulfport navigation channel.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of October.