Coast officials say beaches are making a post-Katrina comeback

Published 11:02 pm Monday, July 3, 2006

Officials along the Gulf Coast say their beaches are making a comeback 10 months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region.

Most shores in Harrison and Jackson counties will be open as beachgoers flock to the coast for the Indepdence Day holiday. Beaches in Hancock County are closed.

Beaches have been combed clean, but in Harrison County officials warn visitors to beware of storm and building debris that have drifted ashore.

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“We clean on a regular basis but when a high wind blows in, more debris washes in every day,” beach superintendent Paul Trosclair said.

Bodyboards, personal watercraft and inner tubes will be absent from those shores this year.

The Jackson County beaches at Front Beach and East Beach in Ocean Springs and Pascagoula are open and swimming is permitted.

Water debris cleanup has not yet begun along that county’s beaches and maintenance officials say beachgoers should watch where they wade and swim.