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Biloxi mayor miffed about Schooner ads

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway wants to know why the city is paying the Biloxi Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum money for advertising, that is not being done.

The city, which funds the museum, pays it $2,000 a month for the city's logo to appear on both sides of the two schooners the museum operates. The problem is, the advertising is no where to be found.

"I understand that one of the schooners, I am not sure which one, has been out of the water for over a year," the mayor said.

The mayor just recently learned both schooners are out of the water. Apparently both are undergoing repair and general maintenance work. Surprisingly, the city has not contacted the museum about that, and the museum hasn't contacted the city.

When asked why there has been no communication, the mayor responded, "I can't answer that. You know, they do their thing, and the city does our thing."

The mayor wants people to know he does think the schooners and the museum are an asset to the city. But he does not think it is worth the money the city is spending on it.

The mayor pointed out the city has given the museum about $400,000 since Hurricane Katrina hit. Ideally he would like to see the schooner and the museum become more financially self sustaining.

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