The Ocean Springs Yacht Club, which relocated from the city harbor to Plumbers Point in 1976, was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.|
"We lost everything, clubhouse, patio, docks," said Rear Commodore Marlene Kovacevich, who is in charge of the yacht club grounds. "But we are definitely coming back."
She said club officers are waiting on new city codes and to see what will happen with a new U.S. 90 bridge across Biloxi Bay that connects Ocean Springs and Biloxi. The club is located just south of where the bridge once stood.
"When we work out the insurance we will begin the process of hiring architects," said Kovacevich. "We want to build something that the entire community will be proud of." The club had flood insurance.
The yacht club had 210 members when Hurricane Katrina hit, and Kovacevich says the the membership is standing strong.
"We have the best site on the Coast," she said. "It's a wonderful spot to watch the sunset and regattas from the clubhouse."
Now they have a small trailer with picnic tables for weekend events. Plans call for a larger trailer for use while a new clubhouse is built.
"We have about 30 boats on the property and enjoyed a big regatta on Memorial Day," she said. "We'll have an Island Hop on July 4 with 50 boats."
She said their motto emphasizes the rebuilding attitude: "We might have lost our clubhouse, but we still have our spirit."
- GARY HOLLAND