City of Biloxi Restore Act applications

Here is a list of the grants requests the City of Biloxi has made to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Restore Act portal, as of Dec. 12, 2015.

 

Point Cadet Waterfront Boardwalk and Marina Improvements, Biloxi Small Craft Harbor Expansion and Tricentennial Park Improvements

$35 million requested

The project includes upgrading the existing Point Cadet Marina and expanding it west; an ADA-compliant boardwalk with open-air pavilions, lighting, educational signage and a docking area to support the State’s shuttle service to Deer Island will be constructed to meander west along the waterfront to the Biloxi Schooner Pier Complex, where a lighted crosswalk will provide safe pedestrian access across Highway 90 to¬†¬† Tricentennial Park and the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. In the same area, the boardwalk will connect with the existing seawall to provide pedestrian linkage to the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor in downtown Biloxi. This harbor will be upgraded and expanded to support the growth of the charter boat industry and expansion of sports fishing tournaments and other water-dependent activities that will benefit the local and state economy.
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Point Cadet Revitalization from the Highway 90 Bridge to the 1-110 Corridor along the Back Bay of Biloxi

$35 million requested

This project involves creation of a Back Bay Festival Market Place and recreational marina at the site of the Sherman Canaan Fishing Docks. It would  support additional boat slip rentals and offer venues for restaurants, retail shops and may include a sailing school and a facility for culinary arts workforce training that focuses on Gulf seafood and locally-grown products. Shrimping boats will be relocated east to a commercial marina to be constructed on property to be acquired by the city to improve commercial boat access to Gulf channels. Convenient off-loading areas, boat-building and repair areas, marine services and net repair areas will support commercial boat activities. Pedestrian walkways will link these two activity hubs and other points of interest in the project area, including the proposed Pine Street Waterfront Access Road and Maritime Commerce Corridor that will extend and improve Pine Street from 5th Street south to Highway 90.
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West Biloxi Festival Boardwalk and Boat Ramp

$6 million requested

This project involves development of a boardwalk between Rodenberg Avenue and Camellia Street along the seawall will expand beach access, stimulate the creation of family-oriented events such as beach festivals and kite-flying contests and will expand economic opportunities along the area known as the “Old Biloxi Strip.” Working in partnership with Harrison County, the city will construct an environmentally sensitive boardwalk with linking walkways to adjacent businesses and to new public parking areas located at intervals with appropriate signage and lighting. Two pavilions, one constructed east of Veterans Avenue and another near Camellia Street, will anchor ends of the boardwalk, supporting field trips, festivals and recreational activities. Construction of a boat ramp at Camellia Street will provide access to the Mississippi Sound for boating and fishing.
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Gulf Coast Broadband Project

$15 million requested

This project addresses the need for ultra-high speed, fiber-optic, broadband Internet service that has sufficient scope, flexibility, availability and affordability for all of its citizens, governments, private businesses and industries. Biloxi is partnering with Gulfport to lead in developing the regional fiber-optic ring infrastructure necessary to serve Biloxi and Gulfport as well as other Coast municipalities and counties that may join in the project. The initial project will be implemented and administered through an interlocal governmental agreement to bring affordable and ubiquitous ultra-high-speed, broadband Internet service to all through competitive licensing of public and private business service providers and, where necessary, by provision of service directly from the entity created by the agreement to end users. The Gulf Coast Broadband Commission will be created through the agreement and will be a separate legal and administrative organization with authority to acquire interest in real and personal property necessary to create and maintain the regional fiber-optic ring.  The Commission is intended ultimately to include and serve all 13 cities and three counties of the Mississippi Coast and to benefit all those living or doing business in this region.
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lnterstate-110 Corridor Restoration & Enhancement

$6 million requested

Through this project, Biloxi will implement public recreational and storm water management improvements along the corridor of land located underneath the 1-110 overpass. The project activities will be guided by the design standards identified in the 1980s 1-110 Corridor Master Plan that was developed with considerable citizen input, but was only partially implemented due to lack of funding. The project will provide public safety and recreational amenities to benefit single-family residential and mixed-use neighborhoods that border the elevated roadway. Acquisition of wetlands property located on both sides of the 1-110 Corridor north of Division Street will allow the City to restore and preserve Keegan Bayou and to implement stormwater best management practices to filter nonpoint source pollutants from the stormwater runoff that drains unchecked from the Interstate. The project includes an educational signage component to share information with the public about water quality improvement and flood reduction resulting from installation of stormwater management improvements, such as rain gardens. Existing walkways, basketball and tennis courts, lighting and landscaping will be enhanced to expand use of this area by the general public.
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Biloxi Peninsula Shoreline Stabilization & Public Access Improvements

$15 million requested

A variety of shoreline stabilization measures are proposed to be implemented along the Biloxi Peninsula in waterfront areas owned or managed by the city to control erosion, adapt to sea-level-rise projections and to improve public safety and access. Stormwater management best management practices will be installed and accompanied by all-weather educational signage to identify short- and long-term public benefits of a properly-managed waterfront area. BMPs will include removal of invasive, non-native plant species and replacement with appropriate native plant species and removal of riprap and replacement with more natural shoreline stabilization measures, including living shorelines composed of various low maintenance materials and designs suitable to each site. Public safety and access improvements will include lighted, ADA-compliant walkways, where appropriate, designed for storm resistance and constructed of material dictated by the specific site and proposed usage. Some of the public access areas will include short fishing platforms/piers and/or boat ramps for launching motorized and/or non-motorized boats (kayaks, canoes).
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GoCoast Trust Fund

$100 million requested

The City of Biloxi proposes a perpetual GoCoast Trust Fund that will provide debt and equity financing of qualified private and public projects that will repay loans with interest and yield a return on equity investments; and provide grants to public agencies for urgent public projects that do not generate revenue directly, especially eco-restoration projects. The Trust Fund will provide a long-term, economically-sound framework to stimulate regional economic recovery and growth that serves long-term public interests, and it will have the flexibility to adjust to market-driven changes in the regional, national and world economies.
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