Mississippi Governor proposes economic and restoration projects on coast

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing $54.1 million of economic development projects using recovery money the state is receiving because of the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Bryant announced the list of projects Wednesday, based on recommendations from a commission he appointed in 2012. The biggest proposals are $17 million to develop an aquarium as a tourist attraction in Gulfport and $8 million to complete a dock project at Port Bienville in Bay St. Louis.

In addition to the economic development list, Bryant announced four ecosystem restoration projects worth a combined $20.7 million.

The biggest of the restoration proposals is $15.5 million to acquire land for conservation across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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