Highlighting legislative successes in Pascagoula

The City of Pascagoula is celebrating a number of legislative successes. Some of these will hopefully boost the city’s economy and tourism.

Senate Bill 3049 will provide the Pascagoula Redevelopment Authority with $650,000 to continue its work to offer assistance and incentives to attract businesses to the city. To date, the work of the PRA has resulted in investments of upwards of $20 million.

Bill 3049 will also provide another $650,000 to the expansion of the Mississippi Maritime Museum at the old Pascagoula High School.

Another major bill seeing its way in is Senate Bill 3074 which reinstates the Pascagoula Hotel/Motel Tax which ended in 2017. The three percent tax at hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts will once again be used to promote recreation, economic development, and tourism. The tax will resume on June 1st.

Community Relations Director Laurie-Ellen Smith said, “Through the course of the legislative session, we are advocating for those bill that impact our community and so it speaks very highly of the commitment that the city council has to the community and how they are always looking for opportunities to better the City of Pascagoula.”

Smith says they have already had some attraction from new businesses due to the PRA’s new funding.

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