Repairs to public piers ready to move forward

The 45-day job to repair the Hurricane Nate-damaged Lighthouse Pier and three other city piers is scheduled to begin by the middle of May and be completed by the end of June.

This week, the city accepted two bid packages: One for the popular Lighthouse Pier and another for the repairs to the Coliseum pier, the Old Ice Wharf on Back Bay and the public pier at the north end of Oak Street.

Coast contractor J.E. Borries, a firm that specializes in marine work, was the apparent low bidder on both jobs: $139,373 for the Lighthouse Pier repairs and $22,703 for the repairs to the other piers. The city’s Engineering Department is reviewing the bids for the work, which will be primarily funded by FEMA, and Engineering Department Director Christy LeBatard said she expects the contracts to soon be on the City Council agenda for approval.

The city piers were damaged in Hurricane Nate in October, and since that time the city has worked to create scopes of work and bid packages to meet guidelines of FEMA and other federal agencies, to ensure the city receives federal reimbursement for the work.

Striping at Lighthouse Pier parking lot:  City contractors on Monday morning, weather permitting, will begin applying striping to the newly revamped parking area at the Lighthouse Pier. The parking lot, which is south of U.S. 90, will be closed during the work, which is expected to wrap up by the end of the day Monday.
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News and notes: Weekend preview, council, Biloxi Shuckers

Weekend preview:  First Friday Downtown takes place tonight in the Rue Magnolia Art District, the Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Pilgrimage finishes up along the Gulf Coast, David Feherty performs at the Beau Rivage, 38 Special will be at the Hard Rock, and Trace Adkins will be at the IP Casino.  To see the Biloxi Community Calendar, click here

City Council meeting:  The next scheduled meeting of the Biloxi City Council is set for Tuesday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Biloxi City Hall.  To see more about the Biloxi City Council, click here

Play ball:  The Biloxi Shuckers play the Mississippi Braves in the 2018 season opening on Wednesday evening at MGM Park.  To see more about the Biloxi Shuckers, click here.