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Lawmakers award $51M in BP settlement funds to projects along Mississippi Gulf Coast

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Lawmakers have passed a bill that would award over $50 million in BP settlement funds to six counties in the Mississippi Gulf Coast over a decade after the company spilled oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Senate Bill 3047, which was authored by Senate Appropriations Chairman Briggs Hopson, outlines how the Gulf Coast Restoration Funds will be allocated to 29 projects.

The bill was passed in both chambers on Monday after the House and Senate adopted conference reports over the weekend.

Here’s the full list of projects listed in the bill:

  • Diamondhead: Commercial District Transformation Project ($2,000,000)
  • Moss Point: Moss Point-Point of Connection Road ($200,000)
  • Long Beach: Long Beach Harbor Complex Restoration ($3,500,000)
  • Heritage Spring Water, LLC.: Heritage Spring Water Project in Stone County ($260,000)
  • Pascagoula Redevelopment Authority: Live, Work, Play Pascagoula Riverfront Redevelopment ($1,500,000)
  • Pearl River County Board of Supervisors: Pearl River County Industrial Park Infrastructure and Site Development ($1,922,800)
  • Bay St. Louis: City Government Safety Complex ($1,000,000)
  • Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission: Technology Park and Site Development at Stennis Airport Phase I ($2,000,000)
  • Mississippi State University Research and Technology Corporation: Continued Development of the Mississippi Cyber Center Project ($2,000,000)
  • Gulfport: Daniel Boulevard Extension and Connector Road between Highway 49 and Canal Road ($4,600,000)
  • Lucedale: Lucedale Municipal Park Stage ($498,000)
  • Moss Point: Highway 63/Escatawpa Natural Gas Pipeline Installation ($1,750,000)
  • Moss Point Redevelopment Authority: Moss Point Downtown Revitalization ($1,000,000)
  • George County Board of Supervisors: Grain Elevator/River Road Rehabilitation ($1,599,906)
  • George County Board of Supervisors: Old Highway 63 North Regional Agriculture and Agri-Tourism Accelerator Project ($1,599,372)
  • Jackson County Economic Development Foundation: Sunplex Light Industrial Park Site Improvements and Trent Lott Airport ($2,000,000)
  • Pearl River County Board of Supervisors: Pearl River County Technology Park Phase I and Site Development ($1,800,000)
  • Jackson County Board of Supervisors: Vancleave Medical Center ($3,193,750)
  • Bay St. Louis: Downtown ADA Boardwalk ($1,400,000)
  • Ocean Springs: Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center Renovations and Signage ($700,000)
  • Gulf Hills Resort: Development of 2,000 feet of Blueway Waterfront with Public Marina Access ($900,000)
  • Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum: All Aboard: Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum Project ($1,000,000)
  • Ohr-O’Keef Museum of Arts: Completion of the Ohr-O’Keef Museum Campus ($1,000,000)
  • University of Southern Mississippi: USM Visualization and Digital Multimedia Center of Excellence ($2,501,320)
  • Pinchers Seafood: Working Waterfront ($3,600,000)
  • Jackson County Economic Development Foundation and the Biloxi Bay RV Resort ($1,585,000)
  • Plaid Properties, LLC: Redevelopment of Blighted Property into a WAMA Connected District ($250,000)
  • Ocean Springs Redevelopment Foundation: Public Works Redevelopment and Relocation ($2,000,000)
  • Harrison County Development Commission: I-10 and Canal Road Site Development ($3,600,000)

SB 3047 now heads to the desk of Governor Tate Reeves for signature.

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