March 2010: Moby Solangi, president of the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies, announces D'Iberville will be the site of the Ocean Expo aquarium.
Dec. 6, 2010: Janus sends first of three letters to then Gov. Haley Barbour asking for help to secure a $4 million Katrina Supplemental Community Development Block Grant to help pay for a saltwater pipeline from the Back Bay to the Ocean Expo site, build an access road and install water and sewer.
Jan. 17, 2011: Janus signs contract with Maxwell & Walker Consulting Group to find funding for Ocean Expo. Janus said he hired Scott Walker after he sent three letters to the governor, but a copy of the contract supplied by the city is dated Jan. 17 -- five weeks after the first letter. Council wasn't informed of the contract.
March 21, 2011: Janus sends second letter to Barbour. Janus said the city had covered $2.47 million of the land cost with an additional $4.5 million outstanding.
July 26, 2011: Janus sends third letter to Barbour, saying the city had approved a $4 million bond to cover a portion of the land cost and needs an additional $2.9M to compete the transaction.
July 19, 2011: City agrees to float $4 million special-obligation bond to pay for part of the land for Ocean Expo.
Dec. 2, 2011: Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality notifies D'Iberville it will receive a $3 million grant for Ocean Expo. Janus informs the council about his contract with Maxwell-Walker and the grant in executive session.
Dec. 9, 2011: Ground broken on Ocean Expo.
Dec. 20, 2011: Walker submits an invoice from Maxwell-Walker Consulting for a 6 percent consulting fee of $180,000 and Janus adds it to the docket of claims, which the city council approves.
Dec. 2011: Two checks of $40,000 each are written from the checking account of JaWa Investments LLC, a business partnership between Walker and Janus. The indictment that charges Janus and Walker with money laundering says the money came from Scott Walker's consulting agreement.
Jan. 27, 2013: Sun Herald article details how Janus entered into contract without city council knowledge to secure BP grant for D'Iberville.
Jan. 28, 2013: MDEQ directs the city to stop work and supply documents showing how grant money was distributed.
Feb. 5, 2013: Janus takes unpaid leave of absence.
Feb. 20, 2013: City officials say they did not renew the contract of David Rothbart, who Janus hired as D'Iberville's court administrator. Rothbart was Janus' business partner in The Columns restaurant along with Scott Walker, city attorney W. Fred Hornsby III and others.
March 22, 2013: MDEQ tells D'Iberville it has 30 days to refund $1.4 million of a $3 million grant secured by Maxwell-Walker, including $1,250,347 in unexpended funds and $90,000 paid by the grant to Maxwell-Walker Consultants as a finders fee.
March 27, 2013: Mayor and Council fire Janus.
Aug. 2013: D'Iberville issues Moby Solangi a deadline of March 13, 2014, to start construction of Ocean Expo or face daily fines.
Sept. 2013: D'Iberville must pay initial $318,668 payment out of the general fund to cover the first payment on the $4 million special obligation bond borrowed to cover some of the costs of Ocean Expo. The bond was to be repaid with a fee added to the admission to the aquarium, but it isn't built.
Nov. 7, 2013: Janus and Walker indicted in federal court on charges of fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, bribery and money laundering.
Dec. 2013: D'Iberville must return $843,000 in unspent grant money plus the $300,000 hold-back MDEQ retained as part of the contract for the Ocean Expo grant.
Jan. 22, 2014: D'Iberville officials meet with Moby Solangi to determine if Ocean Expo will be built in the city. Solangi is hiring consultants to determine if noise at the site will affect the project.