BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — City leaders say they want to turn a sea wall the Army Corps of Engineers has built to protect this town from hurricanes as a place for people to sit and enjoy events.

The Sea Coast Echo reports (http://bit.ly/K37WHt ) that Mayor Les Fillingame wants to use the seawall in the future for seating and add amenities that don't affect the storm protection purpose of the wall.

The seawall has steps up from the beach much like stadiums and movie theaters do. Those steps consist of a one-foot rise and a two-foot run, which is far greater than the average steps in a home.

Fillingame said amenities like stairways and seats may be added at the city's cost, but only if the corps approves.

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Information from: Sea Coast Echo, http://www.seacoastecho.com