Officials at the new Mississippi Aquarium have announced that it has set an opening date of April 30th, 2020. The new 80-thousand square foot facility will be located in Gulfport and will also sit on five-point-eight-acres of land and contain over one-million gallons of both salt and fresh water. The aquarium will exhibit a wide range of animals including, alligators, river otters, river fish, dolphins, stingrays and shorebirds. The Aquarium Foundation has set a goal of raising 10-million dollars so the facility can open debt free.
Mississippi State University along with the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies have received a one-point-25-million dollar grant from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act. It will be used to research why so many dolphins and sea turtles died after the Bonnet Carre Spillway opened earlier this year. The grant is one of 17 GOMESA projects initiated to boost the economy of the Gulf Coast region. Researchers will look at animals who died because of the fresh water intrusions as well as those who survived.
Authorities in Biloxi are investigating the recent discovery of skeletal remains on the rooftop of a one story building downtown. Biloxi police say the bones of a partial skeleton was found September 19th in the 800 Block of Barthes Street. Police say they do not suspect foul play. The remains were sent to the state forensics lab in Jackson for an autopsy.
There will be a Breakfast with the Mayor of Long Beach Wednesday morning. The details, from WXXV Fox 25:
The breakfast is put on by the mayor and Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2nd from 8 am to 9 am at USM’s Gulf Park campus in the Hardy Ballroom.
A group of Mississippi attorneys have banned together to offer free legal advice to low-income families. The website, MS.freelegalanswers.org, offers legal answers to a wide rage of questions including employment, housing, education, adoption, child support and divorce. The website does not answer questions involving criminal law. All communication is done through the website anonymously to ensure client privacy.
The Mississippi State Department of Health has been awarded a nearly 1-point- 4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The purpose of the grant is to help modernize the application process in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A state official said the amount represents 27 percent of the 5-million awarded nationwide. The goal of the grant is to help (SNAP) operate more efficiently.