The Sun Herald, 9/20/7

More than a dozen religious leaders issued a challenge to Gov. Haley Barbour on Wednesday, giving him 24 hours to answer their protests to a plan that would use housing recovery funds to expand the Port of Gulfport.

The Mississippi Coast Interfaith Disaster Task Force held a meeting at the Saenger Theater urging residents to comment on the Mississippi Development Authority plan announced Sept. 7 to redirect $600 million of Community Development Block Funds allocated for the Homeowner Assistance Program to rebuild the port.

“Our objective is to ensure the $600 million is used for its intended purpose,” said pastor Jason Johnson of the Abundant Life Evangelical Church of Biloxi.