Coast wants involvement in restoration plan

OCEAN SPRINGS — While Coast residents had the ear of Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus, they shared with him their fears and frustrations brought on by the nation’s worst man-made disaster.

Mabus, former governor of Mississippi, is hosting a series of town hall meetings from Texas to Florida over the next few weeks. On Saturday, Mississippians got their shot to air their concerns.

Residents were asked to share with Mabus their ideas for long-term economic and environmental restoration so he can develop a Gulf Coast Restoration Plan, which he’ll hand over to President Barack Obama in a few weeks. Mabus’ plan will consider economic development, community planning, restoration of the ecosystem and environment, public health efforts and assistance to people and businesses affected by the spill in the Gulf.

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Aug. 8