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Bait shop trumps Biloxi's Golden Fisherman

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The Golden Fisherman in better days. The Golden Fisherman in better days.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi City Council members decided Tuesday to use proceeds from the Golden Fisherman statue to help pay for a bait shop at the Small Craft Harbor. The city received $55,000 from FEMA for the statue.

The Golden Fisherman stood at the Vieux Marche for many years, then was moved to Point Cadet. But the last several years have been tough on the Biloxi landmark. First, it was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Then, in 2006, what remained of it, was stolen.

It was found in Alabama where the 16-foot statue had been cut into five pieces. The thief had intended to sell it for scrap metal.

What little remains of the Golden Fisherman is now inside a warehouse. City officials hope that one day parts of it will be on display at a museum.

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