Moran visits Bay City Council

Mississippi state Sen. Philip Moran on Tuesday visited the Bay St. Louis City Council to provide a review of the recent legislative session and other actions in Jackson that will affect the city – including the controversy over Tidelands funding.

Ward 6 Councilman Lonnie Falgout thanked the senator and Mayor Les Fillingame for working together to secure other funding from the Department of Marine Resources after the Bay didn’t get requested Tidelands funding.

“We had a situation with the Tidelands money and we didn’t get what we were supposed to, but the mayor and Sen. Moran gave up their Good Friday to sit down with the DMR director to get the money restored,” Falgout said. “I’d like to thank both of them for giving up their time to get this worked out.”…

…State Rep. David Baria said earlier this month that he had requested $300,000 for the Bay St. Louis public beach access project, as well as $150,000 for the Garfield Ladner Memorial Pier at Waveland and $150,000 for the public restrooms at the Washington Street Pier, which are managed by the Hancock County Board of Supervisors. After the legislative session, the Tidelands appropriations ended up being a mere Waveland project and $75,000 for the Washington Street Pier project.

Baria, a Democrat, said publicly that he believed Moran, a Republican, intentionally killed the funding to make Baria look bad in an election year.
Moran said Baria’s accusations were completely off-base and levied simply because he couldn’t get the funding through himself.