GULFPORT, Mississippi — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann presented the Mississippi Gulf Coast Legislative Delegation and the Department of Marine Resources with a check today for $9,755,926.46 to benefit Gulf Coast residents–the largest tidelands amount ever returned to the Gulf Coast to date.
“The tidelands check is a crucial component to preserving the culture of the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” says Secretary Hosemann. “The Mississippi Legislature and the Secretary of State’s Office are committed to maximizing the benefit of our State owned lands and the preservation of our Coastal areas. This $9,755,926.46 is an integral part of ensuring that goal.”
“The Tidelands special trust fund provides essential funding to MDMR for the management of agency programs, which include environmental conservation and preservation of land,” said Jamie Miller, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. “This money allows us to reinvest in our community through projects such as public piers and boat ramps and also educate the public about our marine resources.”
This $9.75-Million will be allocated by the Mississippi State Legislature, led by the Coast delegation, and historically has been allocated to Gulf Coast counties for research and access to the Gulf.