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Citizens group happy OS Harbor land swap deal abandoned

The Department of Marine Resources purchased a boat shed building and abandoned restaurant at the Ocean Springs Harbor two years ago. Initial plans called for creating more green space and boat slips. The Department of Marine Resources purchased a boat shed building and abandoned restaurant at the Ocean Springs Harbor two years ago. Initial plans called for creating more green space and boat slips.
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

A citizens group called "Friends of the Ocean Springs Harbor" is happy a proposed land swap at the harbor has been scrapped. Tuesday, the group's spokesman, Bruce Duckett, thanked the Commission on Marine Resources for abandoning the controversial land swap.    

The Department of Marine Resources purchased a boat shed building and abandoned restaurant at the Ocean Springs Harbor two years ago. Initial plans called for creating more green space and boat slips, but recently the DMR was considering a land swap for some waterfront property on Biloxi Back Bay.

The citizens group fought against those plans and praised the commission for re-considering.

"We're delighted to see the commission has given up this idea of a land swap which we've been opposed to. And we're delighted to see that you're going to work with the county to implement the county proposal so the harbor commission can manage those boat slips," Duckett said.    

The DMR paid more than $3.5 million for the Harbor Landing property in Ocean Springs.

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