Coastal areas, state to share $118M

Published 12:36 am Sunday, March 15, 2009

Gulf Coast areas and the state of Mississippi will share $118 million over the next four years to pay for park projects, new sewer lines and environmental education programs.

The Coastal Impact Assistance Program funnels money from offshore oil and gas leases through Washington and back to the coastal states, including Mississippi.

Supervisors from Harrison, Jackson and Hancock signed the CIAP paperwork during a ceremony at D’Iberville City Hall on Thursday. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will handle the state funds.

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The state received 65 percent of the $118 million, and counties and cities received the balance.

Other states eligible for the federal money are Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, California and Alaska.