Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’

Bill passes requiring more oversight of troubled DMR

BILOXI — A plan to reorganize the scandal-plagued Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and require that it be audited every year is moving forward. House members passed an amended version of Senate Bill 2579 Tuesday, returning it to the Senate for more work. Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, persuaded House members to amend the […] [...]

DMR pays accounting firm more than double contract’s worth

BILOXI — The Department of Marine Resources, within months of signing a contract with the firm that conducted a 60-day review of the agency last year, has more than doubled the amount of money the agency will pay. DMR signed a contract in October with HORNE LLP for grant and accounting management assistance, according to […] [...]

Judge orders DMR records to be released to newspaper

GULFPORT — A federal judge has ordered prosecutors to release 60 boxes of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records to Biloxi’s Sun Herald newspaper. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett, in a Friday order, overruled the U.S. Attorney’s claims that keeping the records secret preserves grand jury secrecy. Starrett gave the government 10 days to provide […] [...]

Attorney does not want newspaper to have MDMR records

JACKSON — The U.S. Attorney’s Office wants a federal judge to deny State Auditor Stacey Pickering’s request to authorize the release of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records being sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Pickering asked on Dec. 5 for the records to be released in response to an order by Harrison County Chancery […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Oyster reef recloses after one day due to water quality

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says the oyster reef area that opened Dec. 9 closed yesterday due to water sample results. The area includes southern portions of the Pass Christian and Henderson Point reefs, Square Handkerchief Reef and northern portions of the Pass Marianne and Telegraph reefs. All other areas […] [...]

DMR reopens oyster reefs after two-week closure

GULF OF MEXICO — The Department of Marine Resources has reopened oyster reefs in Pass Christian and Henderson Point. The reefs also include Handkerchief Reef and northern areas of Pass Marianne and Telegraph reefs. The areas were closed Nov. 26. All other reefs remain closed until testing shows they are once again safe for human […] [...]

Pickering wants court to authorize release of DMR records

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering asked a federal court yesterday to authorize the release of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records that are being sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Pickering’s motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, is in response to an order by Harrison County Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel. Gulf Publishing […] [...]

Judge rules DMR records must be released to newspaper

BILOXI — A Harrison County judge has ordered State Auditor Stacey Pickering and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to release documents sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel yesterday ordered the documents produced by Monday. She had issued a similar order in October. Pickering has argued a federal subpoena has prevented […] [...]

Hosemann presents largest-ever Tidelands check

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has presented coastal officials a check for more than $9.7 million for tidelands-related projects along the Gulf Coast. Hosemann said the amount — $9,755,926.46 — is the largest tidelands amount ever returned to the Gulf Coast to date. Mississippians own the public trust tidelands, the land […] [...]

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