Highway 90

Local law enforcement prepares for traffic influx


www.wxxv25.com – Ashleigh Fortenberry – 2022-04-08 17:26:15

Black Beach Spring Break Weekend has returned to South Mississippi with a major influx in visitors anticipated.

Local law enforcement is offering safety and traffic tips to keep events running smoothly.

Black Beach Weekend kicks off Friday and local law enforcement is preparing for an increase in visitors and traffic, especially on where cones are separating the lanes.

However, Captain Milton…

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Groundbreaking for pedestrian bridge project in Gulfport


www.wxxv25.com – Janae Jordan – 2022-03-21 17:32:05

officials and architects broke ground on a major infrastructure project that will take place over connecting Jones Park to the Mississippi .

What started off as an idea roughly eight years ago has come to life as pedestrians will now have a safer way of crossing Highway 90. CTA Board President Michael Strojny said, “It’s a project that’s really going to create a lot of economic growth in this…

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Mississippi Aquarium light up the sails to celebrate Mardi Gras


www.wxxv25.com – Grace Boyles – 2022-01-10 21:27:46

As the sun went down this evening, the Mississippi got into the carnival spirit.

For the second year in a row, the Mississippi Aquarium illuminated its sails in the traditional Mardi Gras colors to help usher in the carnival season.

Aquarium visitors and all those driving along can now check out the giant purple, green, and gold sails at dusk every night until Fat Tuesday.

There to help light up the…

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Christmas tree recycling starts December 26th


www.wxxv25.com – WXXV Staff – 2021-12-24 18:01:31

Beautification Committee and are teaming up once again to recycle live Christmas trees following the .

Trees can be dropped off December 26th to January 10th at Mississippi Power’s Plant Watson on Cowan-Lorraine Road, Rodenburg Avenue Parking Bay, Courthouse Road Pier in…

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Man sentenced to 20 years for DUI crash that killed a coast pastor


www.wlox.com – – 2021-12-16 17:20:00

, Miss. (WLOX) – An man will spend the next two decades behind bars after pleading guilty to DUI causing in Biloxi. Prosecutors say Jimmie Martin, Jr., 60, was intoxicated and speeding when he rear-ended a motorcyclist on Highway 90 in August 2020.

At the time of the crash, the victim, Gary Yarberry, 64, was on his way to fill in as a pastor at the Gulf Coast Family…

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Police urge caution after pedestrian deaths along the Coast


www.wxxv25.com – WXXV Staff – 2021-12-15 17:23:08

are urging pedestrians and motorists to use caution when traveling roadways after a string of deadly accidents along the Coast.

A man from out of state was killed this week on in Gautier near Beasley Road. An initial investigation found that the driver was not at fault.

The area in question, across the road…

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City of Waveland revamping Highway 90 corridor- WXXV 25


www.wxxv25.com – Ashleigh Fortenberry – 2021-12-14 17:42:17

The City of Waveland is starting the process of revamping the corridor.

The City of Waveland is directing its focus on revitalizing and redeveloping the Highway 90 corridor. Mayor Mike Smith said, “We want you to slow down. Maybe you see something you want; you stop and you shop locally. That’s what we want. So,…

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Donors give to Swetman family’s Salvation Army Kettlethon


www.wlox.com – – 2021-12-10 15:58:00

, Miss. (WLOX) – It was a muggy start to Friday morning but it did sound like the holidays with the signature Salvation Army bells ringing outside of the Biloxi Visitors Center

“I know its Christmas when I heard that bell ringing,” Gulf Coast Salvation Army Area Commander Maj. Jerry Friday.

Volunteers rang their bells on the corner of and Porter Avenue for the 9th annual…

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Circus Kirkus comes to the Mississippi Gulf Coast- WXXV 25


www.wxxv25.com – Grace Boyles – 2021-11-18 22:22:46

If you haven’t already noticed the big tent along at Centennial Plaza during your commute. Here’s your confirmation: the circus is in town.

Beginning Friday evening, guests will be welcomed to the Big Top where audiences will be able to marvel at performances from aerialists, magicians, and even a foot…

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Here’s how Mississippi is spending BP oil spill funds

Gulf Oil Spill

Here’s how Mississippi is spending its BP oil spill settlement funds

Whether it’s tracking the bright pink eggs of invasive snails, hunting feral hogs, upgrading airport facilities, barricading against Gulf waves, or training estheticians, Mississippi leaders are continuing to leverage funds from the 2010 BP oil spill towards a wide-ranging and long-lasting restoration effort.

On Tuesday the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality presented to Coast stakeholders about those projects and dozens of others during the agency’s annual Restoration Summit, which updates the public on how the state is spending the roughly $2 billion provided to it after the 2010 disaster.

After last year’s 10th anniversary of the destructive oil spill, Mississippi Today reported that the state had remained in the early stages of addressing ecological priorities, while completing several expensive non-environmental projects. Local stakeholders also criticized the state for not having a cohesive plan for spending the funds.

READ MORE: Several years into BP settlement spending, the bulk of Mississippi’s restoration work remains undone

Since 2016, the state has spent just over $200 million for more than 90 projects that address either an ecological or economic need on the Coast, according to data from MDEQ. In total, the state has budgeted about $580 million in completed or ongoing projects; Mississippi will continue to receive the rest of the $2 billion over the next decade.

Over the last two years, the state has prioritized spending towards restoring its shoreline and coastal habitat; that includes nearly $11 million that went to the Hancock County Living Shoreline, helping to fund a new 46-acre marsh completed this summer. In total, the state has spent $40 million on that project, by far the most expensive one so far.

Several million in recent spending has also gone towards acquiring and managing property to conserve habitat and improve downstream water quality, such as the more than $5 million for land along the River.

Non-environmental spending in the last couple years includes $7 million on a road in to reduce traffic along I-10, and $3.6 million that went towards completing the Mississippi .

As for total spending so far, about $127 million, or 63%, has gone towards environmental projects versus non-environmental projects. Yet non-environmental projects still comprise about 70% of completed project spending.

As MDEQ Director Chris Wells told Mississippi Today last year, much of the scientific work is not visible and takes years of research, creating a frustrating contrast with the conspicuous economic and infrastructure projects.

During Tuesday’s event, Wells showed a video with testimonials of those impacted by BP spending, including graduates from a work-ready program, oyster gardeners, and a land manager tracking down the invasive apple snail.

Also on Tuesday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced 16 new projects totaling $62 million funded through the RESTORE Act, which were recommended to him by his Gulf Coast Advisory Committee.

Below is a list of those, as well as an updated table of current and completed projects listed on MDEQ’s restoration site:

RESTORE Act Direct Component (aka Bucket 1) Funding:

  • Water Quality Improvement Program ($1.1 million) — implementation of new, repaired, or upgraded stormwater and wastewater systems including septic to sewer conversions.
  • Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center ($1.54 million) — funding for design, permitting, construction, and installation of parking lot and outer concourse safety and security features. A continuation of previously-funded improvements.
  • Commercial Proving Grounds for Space to Sea Floor Environmental Monitoring ($1.65 million) — development of airborne and waterborne unmanned systems to test and calibrate new systems from private, educational, governmental, and military entities.
  • City of I-10 Commercial Corridor Improvements ($2.2 million) — improve access, connectivity, and safety of the Moss Point Interstate Commerce District to enhance the city’s and quality of life.
  • Hancock County Tech Park at Stennis Airport ($2.2 million) — construct a building to house the Department of the Army’s Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX), which has outgrown its existing incubator space.
  • - International Airport Site Expansion and Facility Relocation ($3.19 million) — expand the airport’s 241-acre runway-adjacent Project Ready site to attract industrial aerospace investment. Also, demolish the antiquated vehicle fleet maintenance facility and build a new facility adjacent to the airport’s maintenance building.
  • Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Project Ready Site Mitigation and Prep ($4.18 million) — funding for the mitigating, clearing, and grubbing of an economic development site at the airport.
  • Broadwater Marina Restoration Project ($5.5 million) — funding to return to public use 30 acres of state-owned lands that includes future and economic development potential.
  • Hancock County Fairgrounds Revitalization/Hancock County Multipurpose Arena ($6.05 million) — upgrades and improvements to the 80-acre fairgrounds and multipurpose arena including facilities and infrastructure to foster economic growth.
  • Washington Street Avenue Gateway (Jackson County — $6.6 million) — construct pedestrian-friendly features including sidewalks, crosswalks, landscape the median, and install mast arm signals for safety for Washington Avenue in .

RESTORE Act Spill Impact Component (aka Bucket 3) Funding:

  • Accelerate Mississippi Public/Private Workforce Training Partnership ($2.2 million) — develop and foster workforce development through Accelerate Mississippi in the three coastal counties.
  • Coastal Habitat Management Fund ($3.3 million) — provide funding for management plans and management on existing and newly-acquired coastal preserves tracts.
  • Beachfront Resilience ($4.95 million) — additional funding for enhancing and repairing boardwalks and sidewalks along with dune plantings and fencing to address sand migration onto Highway 90.
  • Gulf Coast Center of Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) Fusion ($5.5 million) — project will focus on developing an Information Technology (IT) workforce for economic expansion, innovation, and societal growth.
  • Improvement of wastewater quality and solid waste disposal from Shrimp Processing industry ($5.5 million) — funding for improvements to wastewater treatment and solid waste disposal from the shrimp processing industry.
  • City of D’Iberville working waterfront and commercial seafood harbor ($6.6 million) — a project to build a mixed-use working waterfront and seafood harbor in D’Iberville.

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

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