Gulfport Seeks Help from State to Build Downtown Aquarium

Since Hurricane Katrina, most of the Coast has been redeveloped with exception of the beach.

This week, the House approved a $1 million fund to go toward building an aquarium in downtown Gulfport. The City of Gulfport and the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission have partnered together to build an aquarium in hopes of bringing in a new family oriented project. Ten parcels of land have already been purchased across from Highway 90 near Jones Park. Representative Jeramey Anderson tells News 25 the aquarium would benefit the entire Gulf Coast.

Anderson says, “We’re competitive and everybody wants their city to be the best that it can be, but at the same time, we’re unified as one Gulf Coast, one Mississippi Gulf Coast, and I think that this aquarium is just another great way that we are going to be more unified and support the aquarium.”

A market study estimating how much the aquarium will cost is set to be finished in April. The city hopes to begin aggressive fundraising for the aquarium once the study is complete.

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