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August 13, 2021 DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. — At a special event held on Thursday at Diamondhead City Hall, Governor Tate Reeves announced the appointment of State Senator Brice Wiggins (R-Pascagoula) to the Governor’s Gulf Coast Advisory Committee for RESTORE Act Funding. Wiggins will serve on the Workforce Committee — one of seven different areas of focus for the Governor’s advisory group.
Different from the Gulf Coast Restoration Fund, which has a separate Coast Advisory committee that makes recommendations to the Legislature (with which Wiggins was also involved as one of the chief architects) the Governor’s Gulf Coast Advisory Committee will advise on RESTORE Act funds known as “Bucket 1.”
The Governor is tasking the subcommittees with allocating approximately $72 million in projects or about $15 and $20 million per subcommittee. The Governor will then make his recommendations to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for a final review before they are sent to the U.S. Treasury Department for final approval.
Following the devastating effects of the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill on April 20, 2010, the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States (RESTORE) Act was signed into law in July of 2012 as a means of assisting in the Gulf Coast’s recovery from the spill. Under the Act, financing from the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund is utilized for programs, projects, and activities designed to both restore and protect the environment and economy of the Gulf Coast. There are three Deepwater Horizon restoration funding streams which have, thus far according to Reeves, allocated $685 million to almost 100 different projects along the Mississippi Coast
“I am grateful to have been appointed to this valuable committee for the Coast,” said Senator Wiggins. “When I served on the previous version of this committee under Governor Bryant, I thought our group did an excellent job bringing BP dollars down to the Coast. I appreciate Governor Reeves’ confidence in appointing me to his committee and putting me in a position to help make sure these dollars are invested where they belong.”
Mississippi State Senator Brice Wiggins (R-Pascagoula) represents District 52 of Mississippi covering south Jackson County, including the cities of Pascagoula, Gautier, and Ocean Springs. Brice has generations of ties to the Jackson County area, growing up in Pascagoula as the great-grandson of former mayor Ed Wiggins. He adamantly believes in giving back to his community. His current committee assignments in the Mississippi Senate are: Judiciary, Division A- (Chairman); Judiciary, Division B; Appropriations; Congressional Redistricting; Corrections; Legislative Reapportionment; Education; Medicaid;, Ports & Marine Resources and Public Health & Welfare. For more information visit: https://bricewiggins.net/