Miss. marine agency gets $7.6M tidelands check

Published 4:04 pm Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has given the Department of Marine Resources $7.6 million from tidelands leases and assessments on the Mississippi coast.

The revenue was collected on tidelands leases for 2010.

Hosemann says that shortly after the BP oil spill this spring, he was able to make an advance payment of $1.7 million the Department of Marine resources to use for emergency disaster response.

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The $7.6 million presented Monday was the balance of the tidelands money.

Mississippians own the public trust tidelands, the land covered by water at high tide. Rent is collected from tidelands leaseholders, including casinos.