- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - A century old building in Ocean Springs is getting some updates with help from military personnel.

The city’s historic train depot houses the Chamber of Commerce and a gift shop.

But the building has damage from rot and decay. WLOX-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2aelBB2 ) the city is working to fix the building up with the help of Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 27.

The Seabees are building a new wheelchair ramp and replacing rotted boards all around the building.

Lt. Matt Catanese says the volunteer work enhances the relationship between the city and the local Seabee base.

“We’re not just stationed here. Our families live here as well. We’re part of the Harrison, Hancock, or Jackson County areas. So, we like to get out and let them know that we’re not just here because we have to be, because the government says so. It’s because we like to be a part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast as well and do our part,” said Catanese.

Cynthia Sutton, executive director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, said the project is a way to bring the community together while making much needed repairs to an important city fixture.

“We are definitely delighted to have the Seabees here. It just is a great partnership and it shows community involvement. Without them we probably couldn’t do as much as we’d like to do,” said Sutton.


Information from: WLOX-TV, https://www.wlox.com

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