GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The state port's five-member board has set a third special meeting because members were unable to decide in two previous sessions whether the port should continue elevation of the West Pier from 10 feet to 25 feet above sea level.
Commissioner Jim Simpson told The Sun Herald (http://bitly.com/S8c1OI ) port consultants indicated tenants will evacuate for hurricanes even if the port spends an extra 18 months and around $120 million to raise the pier to 25 feet.
Dole Terminal Manager Tommy Thompson said the West Pier should be elevated to at least 15 feet so evacuations would not be needed for smaller storms, such as Hurricane Isaac.
Port commissioners will continue their discussion about the elevation issue Tuesday.
Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com
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