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Bay St. Louis marina project receives federal grant

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Bay St. Louis just received a federal grant to help build a new marina. This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources $470,139 in matching funds for the project.

Seven percent of the new marina will be for transient recreational boaters and provide 475 feet of guest moorage for transient recreational boats, safe harbor, and amenities. The money is part of more than $13 million in grants being dispersed to 11 states.

"The Boating Infrastructure Grant program is one of the many ways we support access and provide quality outdoor opportunities for the nation's recreational anglers and boaters," said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. "These grants also spur major construction projects, creating jobs and providing much-needed economic benefits."

Funding for the BIG program comes from the The Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, formerly known as the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, which boaters and manufacturers support through excise and other taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and boat fuels.

The Service will also release approximately $2.7 million to 27 states, commonwealths, and territories willing to match a smaller, non-competitive grant program known as "BIG Tier 1" funding.

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