Mabus holds 2 town hall meetings on the Coastal Crisis

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The president's man in charge of the Gulf Coast's recovery efforts wants to discuss the oil spill with you. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the former governor of Mississippi, will hold two town hall meetings on the coast Saturday.

The first one will take place at 10am at the Robert Magee Auditorium on Blue Meadow Road in Bay Saint Louis. Then Secretary Mabus will meet with citizens at the Ocean Springs Civic Center at 2pm.

Mabus has been meeting with Gulf Coast residents all this week. Tuesday night he told a group in St. Petersburg, Florida that the region's recovery from the devastating oil spill will rely on a mix of science, research and engaged citizens.

"My job is to make sure when this well gets killed, when the initial cleanup is done, that it's not the end of the story," Mabus said Tuesday. "This is a Gulf Coast issue, but it's a national catastrophe. The nation needs the Gulf healthy."

If you can't make it to the meetings, you can still submit your thoughts and ideas. You can email federal recovery officials at

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