Pass Christian celebrates $35M harbor expansion
By Dwayne Bremer
Jul 23, 2014, 09:12
The $35 million expansion will be capable of holding more than 160 boats. The area will have about 300 parking spaces, four boat ramps, a public fishing pier, and commercial space for seafood operations.
The city of Pass Christian on Tuesday opened it's new 20-acre harbor at the foot of Davis Avenue.
The new harbor will complement the city's existing harbor with 60 recreational boat slips and 120 commercial slips.
"Today is a day of thanks," Pass Mayor Leo "Chipper" McDermott said. "As long as their is water and seafood, there will be a need for it. We in Pass Christian have been in the harbor business for 120 years. Not only is this new harbor progress, it will change our way of life."
The new harbor area is located about a quarter-mile from the city's existing harbor.
McDermott said one advantage of the new harbor will be separating the commercial and recreational areas.
McDermott said he would like to see the seafood industries currently at the original harbor move to the new one.
In addition to the slips, the new expansion will have about 300 parking spaces, four boat ramps, a public fishing pier, and commercial space for seafood operations.
Gov. Phip Bryant said the harbor will add to the value of the Gulf Coast.
"We are growing and things like this are going to be the economic engine that drives the state," Bryant said. "This harbor symbolizes south Mississippi and our continued efforts after Hurricane Katrina."
The new harbor expansion cost about $35 million.
The money was secured through several different avenues including disaster relief funds after Katrina.
The new harbor is now open to the public.
On Saturday, Bay St. Louis city officials will host a similar grand opening ceremony for its municipal harbor.