City Of Pascagoula, Mississippi – Magnolia Birding Pier
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Magnolia Birding Pier adds more Eco-tourism to Pascagoula
By CHRISTINA STEUBE — firstname.lastname@example.org
PASCAGOULA — The Magnolia Birding Pier in Pascagoula opens opportunities for ecotourism and
economic development, city officials said during its ribbon-cutting Friday afternoon.
The city’s recreation director, Darcie Crew, said the $300,000 project has been planned for the last four years, from the time an application was submitted for the grant to the time of completion.
The pier was funded by the Coastal Impact Assistance Program through the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Crew said the project took D&D Construction longer to complete than the original 90-day construction period because of material delays from Hurricane Isaac, but the completed project adds to the city.
“It creates walk-ability and access to coastal environments,” Crew said. “It provides opportunities for birding and eco-tourism.
” Pascagoula Mayor Robbie Maxwell recognizes Pascagoula is a coastal city that is drawing tourism and the new project gives the city another touring site.
Mark LaSalle, director of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, is an advocate of using the river, one of the last free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states, as a base of ecotourism.
“It’s about using the natural resources we have — this wonderful river — to promote ecotourism,” LaSalle said. “We need places like this birding pier and others like it to enjoy the nature that we want to experience.
” The Magnolia Birding Pier connects several historic sites in Pascagoula, including the Historic Pathway, Historic Pascagoula Bike Trail and the Pascagoula River Blueway.
Read more here: Magnolia Birding Pier adds more ecotourism to Pascagoula – SunHerald.com
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