JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that will turn over control of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum to the Harrison County Board of Supervisors starting July 1, 2016.
According to House Bill 1203, each county supervisor will appoint one member to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission. The commissioners' terms will run concurrently with the supervisor who appointed them.
To complete the seven-member commission board, the mayors of Biloxi and D'Iberville will share an appointment, and the mayors of Gulfport, Long Beach and Pass Christian will also share an appointment.
The executive director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast) will serve as a nonvoting member on the commission.
The bill urges supervisors to consider appointing community leaders involved in the hotel business, large or small business, the food and beverage industry, large facility operation or commercial real estate to the commission.
Once all of the commission members are appointed, they will meet before Aug. 20, 2016, according to the bill.
The bill also gives control of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Trust Fund to the board of supervisors. The bill limits spending from the trust fund to $2 million until Feb. 16, 2018. After that, supervisors are authorized to spend any money left in the trust fund upon recommendation of the commission.
You can read House Bill 1203 in its entirety here.