Port of Gulfport expansion set for April

Port of Gulfport officials said they expect to turn dirt in April on a massive restoration and expansion project, which they said would eventually create 6,500 direct jobs and generate billions in revenue.

In a meeting with the Sun Herald, officials from the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport and an official with CH2M Hill who is working on the project said many hoops are involved in the process. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must approve it. Officials note that it could take up to four years to get a master permit for the plans. They expect the project, which would make the port about five times larger than it is now, will take about 10 years.

The size of the project can also be overwhelming at times, officials said.

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