29 projects across South MS will get $51 million in BP money. Here’s the 2023 list.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story featured an incorrect project list. It has since been updated with the 2023 project list.
State legislators went big on funding roads, business parks and waterfronts in the latest round of Mississippi Gulf Coast Restoration Funds.
The Legislature on Monday agreed how to spend $50.96 million that comes from a settlement that BP continues to pay the state to compensate for economic damage from the 2010 oil spill. Most of the money, paid in annual installments, must be spent in the six South Mississippi counties.
The cities, counties and development agencies don’t get enough money to totally fund a project, but to assist with financing.
Last year the state received $53 million and funded 18 projects.
$51 million awards for 2023
This year’s funding will assist with these projects:
▪ $4.6 million — City of Gulfport for Daniel Boulevard Extension and Connector Road between Highway 49 and Canal Road
▪ $3.6 million — Pinchers Seafood for a working waterfront
▪ $3.6 million — Harrison County Development Commission for I-10 and Canal Road Site
▪ $3.5 million — Long Beach for Long Beach Harbor Complex restoration
▪ $3.19 million — Jackson County Supervisors for Vancleave Medical Center
▪ $2.5 million — University of Southern Mississippi for the USM Visualization and Digital Multimedia Center of Excellence
▪ $2 million — City of Diamondhead for Commercial District Transformation Project
▪ $2 million — Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission for the Technology Park and Site Development at Stennis Airport Phase I
▪ $2 million — Mississippi State University Research and Technology Corporation for continued development of Mississippi Cyber Center project
▪ $2 million — Jackson County Economic Development Foundation for the Sunplex Light Industrial Park Site Improvements and Trent Lott Airport
▪ $2 million — Ocean Springs Redevelopment Foundation for Public Works redevelopment and relocation
▪ $1.93 million — Pearl River County Board of Supervisors for Pearl River County Industrial Park Infrastructure and site development
▪ $1.8 million — Pearl River County Board of Supervisors for the Pearl River County Technology Park, Phase I, and site development
▪ $1.75 million — City of Moss Point for Highway 63/Escatawpa natural gas pipeline installation
▪ $1.6 million — George County Board of Supervisors for Old Highway 63 North Regional Agriculture and Agri-Tourism Accelerator Project
$1.6 million — George County Board of Supervisors for Grain Elevator/River Road rehabilitation
▪ $1.59 million — Jackson County Economic Development Foundation and the Biloxi Bay RV Resort for a luxury RV resort.
▪ $1.5 million — Pascagoula Redevelopment Authority for Live, Work, Play Pascagoula Riverfront development
▪ $1.4 million — City of Bay St. Louis for Downtown ADA Boardwalk
▪ $1 million — Bay St. Louis for City Government Safety Complex
▪ $1 million — Moss Point Redevelopment Authority for Moss Point Downtown Revitalization
▪ $1 million — Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum for road improvements to benefit All Aboard: Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum project
▪ $1 million — Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Arts for completion of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum campus
▪ $900,000 — Gulf Hills Resort for development of 2,000 feet of blueway waterfront with public marina access
▪ $700,000 — City of Ocean Springs for Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center renovations and signage
▪ $498,000 — City of Lucedale for Lucedale Municipal Park Stage
▪ $260,000 — Stone County Economic Development Partnership for Heritage Spring Water project
▪ $250,000 — Plaid Properties LLC for redevelopment of blighted property into a Walter Anderson Museum of Artconnected District
▪ $200,000 — City of Moss Point to improve access from Interstate 10 to Moss Point’s Miracle Mile.