When will the Garfield Ladner Pier be fixed?
I have been asked about the Garfield Ladner Pier at least 25 times since Hurricane Zeta came ashore in late October of last year. Everyone wants to know when the Garfield Ladner Pier will reopen.
Waveland is working as quickly as possible to reopen the pier. The city has hired reimbursable professionals to assist with recovery administration and a designer to put the plans together. Waveland submitted all the documents that FEMA has asked for and has met with FEMA and MEMA representatives on several occasions. Waveland must follow the 44 CFR guidelines and the Stafford Act to get reimbursed for work that is completed.
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Since the pier is built on Mississippi public land, the city of Waveland will have to get a permit from the Department of Marine Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers in the approval permitting process. Waveland also needs clearance from National Wildlife and Fisheries. We are currently working with the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and the Corps of Engineers in the permitting process. A permit from DMR and Corps of Engineers in the approval permitting process only takes a few months to get. Still, National Wildlife and Fisheries’ clearance is, unfortunately, a long process. Permitting is going to be the biggest hurdle in the pier rebuilding process.
Putting together the plans and specifications for the pier will not take long. The construction of the pier will likely take ten to twelve months. As long as permitting doesn’t take too long, and Waveland gets the necessary approvals from FEMA early this summer, I believe late 2022 to early 2023 is a realistic time frame for the reopening of the Garfield Ladner Pier.
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