Valued at approximately $220,000, the sand is currently being spread on both Front Beach and East Beach.
“We’ve had severe erosion along both beaches,” said Jackson County Board of Supervisors President John McKay.
The new sand is being spread 100 feet out from the sidewalk. On Front Beach, some 8,000 cubic yards of sand is being deployed, while on East Beach, some 11,000 cubic yards of new sand is expected.
“Our beaches are used year around,” McKay said. “It’s important for the county to maintain them.”
The Department of Marine Resources mandates the sand be of a certain granular size. The sand is hauled in from a pit in east central Mississippi, McKay said.
County officials normally refurbish beaches with new sand every two to three years, depending on the frequency and severity of tropical storms and hurricanes.