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USM celebrates groundbreaking for Marine Education Center

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 27, 2015 at 4:10 a.m.



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OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — State officials have broken ground on a $16.2 million construction project to build the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Marine Education Center.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1NJlzyc) the University of Southern Mississippi teaching site received $11.2 million from a FEMA grant and $5 million from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. Work is expected to take 18 to 20 months.

DMR Director Jamie Miller said the project was created by one common belief from officials. Miller says Mississippi can't thrive without the Coast at its strongest.

The center, which will be at the Cedar Point teaching site, replaces the J.L. Scott Center that Hurricane Katrina destroyed in 2005.

Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday the new center is a reflection of Mississippi's dedication to better understanding our waters.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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