City recommends boaters move craft

Owners of vessels in the city’s public harbors and marinas were notified this morning that it’s “highly recommended” that their craft be relocated to safer locations.

The announcement, from Port Division Manager Larry Sablich, was made as Tropical Storms Laura and Marco are expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico, and as the National Weather Service says tropical storm conditions could be impacting Biloxi as soon as Tuesday.

Said Sablich in his notice to harbor and marina tenants: “Although evacuation is not mandatory at this time, it is highly recommended that vessels be relocated well in advance to safer locations in order to protect both the vessel and the marina/harbor.”

Sablich also advised tenants that fingers piers near their docking area must be free and clear of all unnecessary items.

Additionally, he said, those with extra vehicles or trailers in marina or harbor parking lots should remove them by 5 p.m. Sunday.

The city has about 300 commercial and pleasure craft in its public harbors and marinas, which include the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor and adjoining Commercial Harbor, Point Cadet Marina and the Sherman Canaan Back Bay Fishing Dock, at the north end of Lee Street.
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