Port of Gulfport Restoration Project:
The Port of Gulfport has made significant progress toward completion of the restoration project, with more than $216,767,427.61 million in current construction underway on the port site. Construction continues to progress, and during the last year several projects have been completed, with many more making substantial progress. View the Restoration Project tab for more in detail look at the projects taking place.
ISLAND VIEW EXPANSION:
In July 2016, the Port amended its previous lease agreement with Island View Casino Resort, modifying the percentage the Port received from Island View’s gross income. This modification will allow Island View to secure the necessary funding for an additional gaming project. This lease agreement paves the way for a $75 million in private investments, this is an addition to the previous $58 million to renovate the hotel tower on the south side of U.S. Highway 90.
Department of Marine Resources Oyster Hatchery (Small Craft Harbor):
The Department of Marine Resources, the Port of Gulfport, The University of Southern Mississippi, and the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services have all teamed up to grow baby oysters in tanks in the Port of Gulfport’s Small Craft Harbor. Baby oysters are going to sit in tanks for about ten days before they’re taken to the reefs in Pass Christian and Biloxi where they’re going to continue to grow for the next 18 to 24 months in hopes of restoring the oyster reefs in those areas.
Channel & Harbor Dredging:
Thanks to the efforts of Port leadership, Gov. Phil Bryant and Mississippi’s congressional delegation, the Port was able to dredge the channel and harbor to its authorized depth of 36 feet. The project was completed in early 2015. Channel deepening is a complex, multi-year effort and the Port is in regular communication to ensure the Port’s channel is maintained annually.