Local area projects to receive funding
The results of the second round of Gulf Coast Restoration Funds approved by the state Legislature have been released.
Eighteen projects totaling $52.8 million were approved by lawmakers, funding primarily education, downtown development and road projects.
The list, included in the Mississippi Development Authority appropriations bill, was approved after 9 p.m. Monday, as the Legislature wraps up this year’s session.
Those local area projects funded for 2021 are:
▪ $2.5 million — Hancock County Port hanger and assault landing strip
▪ $1.9 million — Picayune Friendship Park Revitalization Project
▪ $1.9 million — Pearl River Community College Aviation Aerospace Academy
▪ $1 million — City of Bay St. Louis Court Street parking facility expansion and improvement
The Legislature re-appropriated money for projects that started last year and were not fully funded.
The local area projects include:
▪ $2.5 million for multi-user aero strip at Stennis Airport
▪ $1.55 million Power Dynamics Innovations LLC for equipment and facility upgrades
▪ $1.5 million for City of Bay St. Louis Old Town Depot Revitalization District
▪ $1.5 million for City of Diamondhead commercial district transformation project
▪ $1 million for Bay St Louis Old Town Police Department
The advisory board recommended 12 projects from those that submitted applications, totaling $125.6 million. Most of them were for a much higher dollar amount than the Legislature’s list of projects.
The list included:
▪ $2 million — Pearl River Community College Hancock Aviation Aerospace Workforce Academy, Hancock County