Governor Phil Bryant makes multi-million dollar announcement

More money is coming to South Mississippi as part of efforts to restore the Mississippi Gulf Coast following the 2010 BP Oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Governor Phil Bryant announced Friday that an additional $68.9 million will be spent in our community.

Some of the money will fund the Hancock County Marsh Living Shoreline which will cost $50 million. A stone and oyster shell shoreline barrier extending six miles in Heron Bay will be built. The goal is reduce erosion, protect from storm surge, and create healthy habitats for barnacles, oysters, small fish and crab.

"Every fisherman in our state already understands how important structures like this are to the quality and quantity of our speckled trout, redfish and flounder," Bryant said. "The Living Shoreline project is the largest of all the Mississippi restoration projects to date, and will provide many benefits to the people of Mississippi including jobs."

Other projects being funded include the Restoration Initiatives at the INFINITY Science Center Project which will receive $10.4 million, the Pascagoula Beachfront Promenade Project will get $3.8 million, and the Popp's Ferry Causeway Park Project will receive $4.7 million.

Friday's announcement brings the total to $82.5 million spent on early restoration projects in Mississippi since the spill.

"This is another step in bringing back all the states affected by the 2010 oil Spill to their original condition," Governor Bryant said. "I want to thank all the National Resource Damage Assessment trustees on the great work they have done to approve this suite of projects. For Mississippi, the $68.9 million brings with it not only restoration for our Gulf Coast, but jobs for our coastal residents hit hard by the oil spill."

Completed projects include the laying of the largest oyster cultch in the history of the Mississippi Sound totaling $11 million, and a $2.6 million near shore artificial reef enhancement project.

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