Study: Gulfport Aquarium Would Eclipse Tourist Attractions

GULFPORT, MS (AP) — A marketing study finds the Mississippi Aquarium planned for Gulfport's waterfront would create a visitor experience "significantly larger in scale" than any Coast attraction.

         The Sun Herald’s Anita Lee reports the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission, which owns 12 acres downtown where the aquarium would be built, is talking about an initial investment of $40 million. Mayor Billy Hewes believes the money will be there.

         The city already has a $24.5 million commitment from the Mississippi Legislature, and is requesting BP Restore Act funds to make up the difference.

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