Jackson County

Harbor and hurricane shelters top projects in Jackson County's State of the County

People who live in Jackson County, which now has a taxable value of about $1.4 billion, will see major projects coming this year, including a makeover for the county's Ocean Springs Harbor, three new hurricane evacuation shelters and the beginning stages of a new county jail.

Jackson County Board of Supervisors President John McKay will include these updates as he gives the State of the County address at noon to the Pascagoula Rotary Club in a speech with graphs and charts that will sum up last year's work and what's coming for 2012.

The Board of Supervisors decided to spend $23.5 million on roads and bridges, including $4.9 million to pave 42 miles in and out of the cities and $7.6 million on major roadwork.

There won't be as much for dredging waterways this year, but there will be an update on renovations to the old courhouse and talk about major economic development and port projects.

For more on the state of Jackson County see sunherald.com