From the Sun-Herald news report on March 31, 2015: Gulfport has plans for a major aquarium development that will cost $90 million to $120 million. The development includes a welcome center and transit area for residents and tourists who visit the aquarium and Gulfport’s waterfront. Part of the plan includes the construction of an elevated highway crossover for pedestrians, bikes and a tram.
This map shows Jones Park to the south, the proposed aquarium property and the old Gulfport library property to the east. Now, state legislation that awaits the governor’s signature would provide $24.5 million toward the aquarium. To get the money, the city showed it was serious by spending $14 million on about nine acres downtown, where the project would sit. While not yet final, momentum is building on this proposed project.
The tentatively named Mississippi Aquarium would be a regional draw, adding to Coast attractions such as casinos, Infinity Science Center in Hancock County, the Biloxi Shuckers baseball stadium, Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, and eco-tourism along the Pascagoula River.