Bay announces selection of harbor master, assistant
By Dwayne Bremer
Jun 10, 2014, 19:06
Artistís conception of the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor & Pier project.
The city of Bay St. Louis is ramping up the completion of its new $21 million municipal harbor and last week, Mayor Les Fillingame announced a new harbor master and assistant.
Chuck Fortin will be the harbor master and Duane Caughlin will be his assistant.
Fortin's duties will include overseeing the harbor operation and upkeep; working with potential clients; and coordinating harbor events with the harbor commission and city council.
Caughlin, a long-time city police officer, will be the primary assistant to Fortin, Fillingame said.
"We are going to have several employees at the harbor," Fillingame said. "Right now, we are not sure how many, but the harbor is going to be an enterprise operation much like our utility system is. We are putting everything together right now."
Fillingame said everything should be in place for the harbor's grand opening on the weekend of July 25, 26, and 27.
The grand opening ceremonies will be held in conjunction with Harbor Fest that weekend.
"The grand opening will be a tremendous day of celebration," Fillingame said. "It is the culmination of many years of work. We will have a lot of dignitaries there and we want to honor everyone who helped make it happen."
Applications for slip placement are currently being accepted, Fillingame said.
The municipal harbor will have room for 163 boats.