Governor Reeves announces new Restore Act funded projects

This afternoon at the Mississippi Restoration Summit hosted by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Governor Tate Reeves announced the newest projects on the Coast to receive Restore Act funding.

Over 11 years after the BP oil spill caused catastrophic damage to the Mississippi Coast’s ecosystem and thus it’s economy, Governor Tate Reeves announced Tuesday the distribution of more than $62 million in Restore Act Funds to 16 restoration projects here on the Coast. MDEQ Executive Director Chris Wells said, “It’s an unprecedented incident and an unprecedented disaster that has resulted in an unprecedented financial opportunity to not only build the Coast back to the way it was, but to build it back better.”

Some selected projects include improvements to the I-10 commercial corridor in Moss Point, beach front enhancements and repairs along Highway 90 and revitalization of the Hancock County Fairgrounds.

While many projects focus on eco-restoration and infrastructure, some concentrate on economic development and providing job training opportunities. Governor Reeves said, “We’re going to allocate $2.2 million to the Accelerate Mississippi public and private workforce training partnership which will develop and foster workforce development efforts in Jackson, Harrison, and Hancock counties.”

The City of D’Iberville was one of the beneficiaries of $6.6 million of Restore Act Funds for a working waterfront and commercial seafood harbor. D’Iberville Mayor Rusty Quave said, “We have three of the largest seafood processors on the Coast already: Gollot’s Seafood, North Bay, and Seymour Seafood there. And what we want to do is have a market kinda like in San Francisco come in and go partake in entertainment. But when you get ready to leave, we’ll be able to load you up with the shrimp and crabs and oysters you want to take home with you.”

A full list of the projects selected for funding is available here.

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