Miss. to manage newly acquired Hancock County marshland where Pearl River flows into Sound

Officials say Mississippi has acquired of 2,483 acres of marsh land where the Pearl River meets the Mississippi Sound in Hancock County.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Wednesday the new piece of public land will be managed by his office as part of the Mississippi Coastal Preserve System.

No state money was used for the purchase: $613,110 came from Nature Conservancy, and $554,758 came from a federal grant.