Around South Mississippi

SUN HERALDJune 23, 2014 

Construction to start soon on Audubon Center

A celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday to kick off construction of the $1.6 million Pascagoula River Audubon Center on a 10-acre site along Rhodes Bayou in Moss Point.

Audubon, Moss Point city officials, and other community stakeholders will celebrate this milestone at the site, 5107 Arthur St. in Moss Point. In case of rain, the event will move to Pelican Landing.

The public is invited. Tours begin at 10:30 a.m.

The program will include remarks by Dorothy Shaw, chairwoman of the Advisory Board for the Center; Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield; and officials from Hancock Bank.

The Center's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems within the Mississippi Gulf Coast region, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats by engaging people through education, science, and public policy.

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Gulfport Main Street seeking public feedback

GULFPORT -- Gulfport Main Street is seeking public participation and input in its 2014 Strategic Planning process.

Sessions will be held at Hancock Bank in downtown Gulfport at 6 p.m. July 1 at 3 p.m. July 2.

Details: Email Lisa Bradley at lbradley@gulfport-ms.gov.

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Technology for storm prep continues to improve

GULFPORT -- After Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi Power knew they needed an operations center that was more safe and secure to get the lights back on in the event of a storm. The Anthony J. Topaz Center in Gulfport was finished in 2008, and technology has been improving ever since.

Monday morning, the power company opened its door for media tours to get the message out that they are ready for storm season.

"No two storms are the same," said Randall Pinkston, storm director. "We're constantly working on our storm plan."

The operations center is complete with a room of bunk beds for those who have to stay during severe weather, a call center to field outage reports and a conference room to corral decision-makers in the company during a widespread outage.

"We're continually addressing our storm plan," said Steve Craig, transmission general manager. "It's a never-ending task."

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Nominees sought for maritime hall of fame

BILOXI -- The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum Heritage Hall of Fame will recognize the contributions of those who honored the tradition of the maritime and seafood industry on the Mississippi Coast.

Nominations for the Hall of Fame will be accepted until July 11. Categories are:

n Boat Owner/Captain /Commercial Fisherman. Owner of a commercial shrimp/seafood boat over 25 feet for more than 10 years, or worked as a captain or a commercial fisherman for more than 10 years.

n Commercial Seafood Processor for at least 10 years

n Industry Tradesmen. Boat builder, trawl maker, blacksmith or other trades or supplier of products to the trade for more than 10 years.

n Boat Name. Boat should have working history in South Mississippi for at least 10 years.

The nominees's resume, photographs and a letter of recommendation should be mailed to MSIM, P.O. Box 1907, Biloxi, MS 39533.

Details: maritimemuseum.org

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