Senator Roger Wicker visits the Coast
U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and U.S. Senator Roger Wicker came down to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to visit sites that highlight the recent progress being made along the Coast.
Wicker and Raimondo were briefed on the current status of broadband deployment by Coast Connect Officials.
They toured the USM Marine Research Center to learn about the commercial partnerships that is being developed along the Mississippi Gulf Coast for Oceans and Maritime Systems Research.
They also took some time out to visit an active COVID-19 vaccination site to discuss vaccination progress and its importance to a full economic recovery.
Senator Wicker tells News 25 why it is so important to get vaccinated. “I think public education is the key. So, we had a little testimony from just some average citizens today. There was a reluctance at first. They went on line. They found out that all the science is saying this is very, very safe. We live in a free country. We are not going to pass a law to make anybody come and do this. This is voluntary participation based on sound science. I think that’s the best message for us today. Go ahead and do it for yourselves, your family, and the population as a whole.”
Wicker and Raimondo delivered brief remarks on their visit to the Gulf Coast followed by a roundtable discussion featuring business development leaders, representatives of the Gulf Coast research, fishing, and agriculture community, local elected officials, and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.