Harrison County

Port of Gulfport fill project done, dredging next for west pier

Port officials said today that a 60-acre fill project on the west pier was completed Sunday and the next step will be to dredge away the mud around the filled area, Joe Conn, the port's director of restoration said today.

Once dredging is complete, filling of the final 24 acres will begin and then the filled west pier will be elevated to 25 feet.

Conn said existing tenants Crowley, Chiquita and Dole will be located on the restored west pier, with additional space for a fourth tenant.

The additional work will be completed in about seven years.

A total of 160 acres will be elevated. An ambitious plan to double the size of the west pier could begin while the elevation work is ongoing, but an environmental permitting process will have to be completed first.

Port officials were showing off the restoration work and future plans during a media tour today.

Read more about this story in Wednesday's Sun Herald.