BILOXI -- The Department of Marine Resources is closer to having a firm to manage its Coastal Impact Assistance Program.
Wednesday was the deadline for proposals to manage and close out the CIAP program and DMR received three proposals, said spokeswoman Melissa Scallan.
A DMR committee will score the proposals and could award the contract based on the score. If the scores are close, the competing firms could be called in for an interview, Scallan said.
She said the DMR's selection needs the approval of the Personal Service Contract Review Board. She said the DMR hopes to have made its choice by the middle of the month so the board can review it at its Sept. 17 meeting.
CIAP money -- hundreds of millions of dollars -- comes from offshore oil leases and is divided among the six states that have oil production off their shores. DMR administers the program for the state.
Elizabeth Barber of Barber and Mann -- a firm in Ridgeland that specializes in land appraisals, land planning, conservation planning and real estate development -- had been managing the program. Her contract with the DMR expired at the end of June.