Commission approves Port of Gulfport expansion

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It took just minutes for Port commissioners to approved a $1.6 billion expansion plan Friday morning. Once finished, the Port of Gulfport will become the country's largest container terminal.

Early in Mississippi's post Katrina recovery, Gov. Barbour requested that almost $600 million of CDBG money be earmarked for port recovery projects instead of home rebuilding plans. Since then, representatives of groups like the STEPS Coalition have said jobs over housing should have never happened.

Funding for the bulk of the port's proposal hasn't been identified yet.

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