SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann presented a $9.5 million check to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Legislative Delegation and the Department of Marine Resources on Wednesday afternoon.
The money was raised from tidelands leases and assessments paid by casinos and other waterfront property owners.
The money will be used for research and access to the Gulf.
"Preserving our Coastal areas is vital to the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Hosemann. "This $9.5 million is a crucial component of that goal. The Secretary of State's Office remains committed to ensuring state owned lands are benefiting the tax payer."
"The tidelands trust fund represents the state's largest annual investment in coastal marsh preservation, marine education and environmental conservation of Mississippi's marine resources," says Jamie Miller, Executive Director of the DMR. "These funds provide the key infrastructure to access our incredible coastal tidelands and support the management of important agency programs."
Mike Lacy was there when Hosemann handed over the check to South Mississippi officials. Look for the full story later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.