Posts Tagged ‘marine’

DMR sends letter to MDA over marine leasing, seismic activity

BILOXI — Jamie Miller, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, has sent a letter to the Mississippi Development Authority regarding the state’s process for leasing and seismic activity in Mississippi marine waters. In the letter, Miller said that MDA’s rules do not contradict the Mississippi Coastal Program, but determined the DMR should […] [...]

DMR to let bids for demolition at Coast harbor

OCEAN SPRINGS — The state Department of Marine Resources plans to open bids next week for the demolition of the Harbor Landing boat shed and restaurant at the Ocean Springs Harbor. The Sun Herald reports the city lost its bid to have the state agency swap the property and buildings for land on Back Bay […] [...]

Boat company sues over work on MDMR boat

HARRISON COUNTY — A Gulf Coast business says the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources brought in a boat for repairs and refitting and now the company wants to be paid $93,325 for work on the 45-foot cabin cruiser. That’s according to a lawsuit filed in Harrison County. The Sun Herald reports that the business, Competition […] [...]

DMR boats go for more than $120K; valued at $630K

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources received 26 bids for two recreational fishing boats it wants to sell. The bids were opened today. The high bid for the 42-foot Californian was $86,600; the high big for the 36-foot Topaz was $38,614. Officials will review the bids for about a week and could sell […] [...]

Delays with aquarium project leave taxpayers on the hook

D’IBERVILLE — City officials expected D’Iberville’s Ocean Expo Aquarium to be built and open by now and ticket prices to cover the cost of repaying the bond to purchase the land. Instead the city may have to make the initial $318,668 payment — due in September — out of the general fund. Unless the payments […] [...]

Agency receives 20 bids for recreational fishing boats

BILOXI — The Department of Marine Resources has received 20 bids for two recreational fishing boats it wants to sell. Spokeswoman Melissa Scallan tells The Sun Herald the bids will be open today at the Commission on Marine Resources meeting in Biloxi. Scallan says officials will review the bids for about a week and could […] [...]

Federal audit finds millions in grants misspent at MDMR

by Associated Press Published: July 2,2013

Tags: audit, beach, Coast, federal government, grant, marine, misappropriation, ocean, resources, state agency, tidelands, water, wetlands

BILOXI — A federal audit has found millions in grant money administered by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources was misspent. The government said MDMR and the counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson were awarded 100 Coastal Impact Assistance Program grants from the U.S. Department of Interior totaling $99.8 million from fiscal year 2009 through […] [...]

Troubled state agency receives audit report from OIG

by MBJ Staff Published: July 2,2013

Tags: boat, federal government, grant, marine, misappropriation, resouces, seashore, state agency

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has received a copy of the Office of Inspector General’s final audit report. According to an MDMR news release, the state agency is working with federal agencies to resolve the identified concerns issues with grants awarded from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program. MDMR said while most issues […] [...]

Scientist stumbles on to sweet deal for Coast Guard boats

by MBJ Staff Published: June 25,2013

Tags: boat, defense, development, engineer, engineering, marine, military, motor vessel, research

VICKSBURG — A fleet of seven new vessels has arrived at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, providing an upgraded capability for fresh and salt water studies by the facility’s scientists and engineers. Led by the efforts of William Butler, a physical scientist in ERDC’s Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, the […] [...]

Troubled state agency selling boats worth estimated $400K

by Associated Press Published: June 24,2013

Tags: audit, auditing, auditor, boat, boater, boating, grant, gulf, marine, misappropriation, ocean, sale, sell, state agency, water, watercraft

BILOXI — The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources will open bids July 16 for two large fishing vessels once owned by a foundation run by the agency’s former director. WLOX-TV in Biloxi reports the vessels are a 36-foot Topaz and a 42-foot Californian. They are docked in Biloxi and are worth an estimated $400,000. A classified […] [...]

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