Miss. meeting to discuss disaster relief funds

LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will hold a public meeting Thursday on how the state should spend $10.9 million it received for damage to oyster and blue crab fisheries.

The hearing, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Long Beach’s St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, is meant to let commercially licensed crabbers and oystermen comment on spending.

The money is compensation for a pulse of fresh water released into the Mississippi Sound when Louisiana’s Bonnet Carre (BON’-ee CAYR’-ee) Spillway opened in 2011 to relieve Mississippi River flooding.

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