TIDELANDS TRUST FUND PROGRAM
Accepting Tidelands applications starting May 31, 2019.
WHAT IS THE TIDELANDS TRUST FUND?
The Tidelands Trust Fund is comprised of funds derived from the lease of tidelands and submerged lands. It is administered by the Secretary of State’s Office and Mississippi Department of Marine Resources as mandated by state law, Title 29 Section 15 of the Mississippi Code of 1972:
Any funds derived from lease rentals of tidelands and submerged lands, except those funds derived from mineral leases, or funds previously specifically designated to be applied to other agencies, shall be transferred to the special fund. However, funds derived from lease rentals may be used to cover the administrative cost incurred by the Secretary of State. Any remaining funds derived from lease rentals shall be disbursed pro rata to the local taxing authorities for the replacement of lost ad Val orem taxes, if any. Then, any remaining funds shall be disbursed to the commission for new and extra programs of tidelands management, such as conservation, reclamation, preservation, acquisition, education, or the enhancement of public access to the public trust tidelands or public improvement projects as they relate to those lands.
WHAT ARE TIDELANDS?
Lands that are covered and uncovered daily by water from the action of the tides, up to the mean line of the ordinary high tides.
The Tidelands Trust Fund Program began in 1994. Its mission is to carry out state policy by balancing the interests of upland private property owners and the general public over the use of public trust tidelands and submerged land of the State of Mississippi.
Applications for Tidelands Trust Funds are accepted by Mississippi Department of Marine Resources each year.
- An in-house compliance review is conducted by Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’s tidelands administrator to ensure that all applications are complete and legible.
- The Merit Review Committee then begins its review process. The committee is comprised of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources cadre staff and various local experts from the marine science field. Their review process follows a project selection criterion which is established by the Commission on Marine Resources. Examples of the selection criteria include, but are not limited to, level of anticipated benefits to be gained from project, level of beneficial impact/enhancement, level of need for the project and compliance with the intent of Mississippi Code § 29-15-9.
- Upon completion of the Merit Committee’s review, recommendations on projects are made to the Commission on Marine Resources. After the commissioners review the applications, they are then submitted to the Legislature for appropriation in January. The Legislature has ultimate authority in deciding the appropriation of Tidelands funds.
- Mississippi Department of Marine Resources notifies all recipients of Tidelands funds by mail in May with the amount of money their projects will receive.
- Upon receipt of funds from the Secretary of State’s Office in December, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources disburses the funds as mandated.
- Recipients of Tidelands Trust Funds sign a Tidelands Grant Agreement upon receipt of funds and are responsible for meeting the terms of the Grant Agreement. Some of these may include stipulations, such as to provide Mississippi Department of Marine Resources with a semi-annual and final report upon completion of the project, photographs (if applicable), the results of an independent audit, the presence of a prominent, permanent sign that clearly states the origin of the funds and the necessary permits for construction of projects.
The Tidelands Trust Fund Program is dedicated to the conservation, reclamation and preservation of Mississippi’s tidelands, while also proudly enhancing its current public access areas. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources takes great pride in administering the Tidelands Trust Fund to the best interest of Mississippi’s marine resources.
FY19 AWARDED PROJECTS
|BSL Harbor Pier 5||City of Bay St. Louis|
|Point Cadet Marina Expansion & Water’s Edge Boardwalk||City of Biloxi|
|Point Cadet Engineering and Development Project||City of Biloxi|
|Montjoy Creek Restoration and Drainage Improvements||City of Diamondhead|
|Fountain Beach Public Access Phase 1 & 2||City of D’Iberville|
|Shepard State Park upgrades Project||City of Gautier|
|Bernard & Brickyard Bayou Blueway Kayak Launch Project||City of Gulfport|
|FY19 Harbor Improvements||City of Long Beach|
|Dantzler Street Alignment||City of Moss Point|
|OS Front Beach Infrastructure Stabilization Improvements||City of Ocean Springs|
|Point Park Amenities||City of Pascagoula|
|Redecking of existing piers||City of Pass Christian|
|Removal of derelict piers and structures||City of Waveland|
|Jourdan River Shores Canal Dredging Project||Hancock County|
|McLeod Park Bathhouse Improvements Project||Harrison County|
|Brittany Ave Boat Launch – Parking Lot Expansion Project||Jackson County|
|Museum Gulf of Mexico Fish Exhibit, Signage, and Pier Improvements||Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum|
|Pressure Wash Bridge||City of Biloxi|
|Town Commons Park||City of Gautier|
|Hancock County Boat Launch||Hancock County|
|Jackson County Land Purchase||Jackson County|
|Lynn Meadows Repairs||Lynn Meadows|
|GBNERR Operational Match||MDMR|
|Mississippi Sound Hydrological Monitoring||MDMR|
|Lyman Facilities and Aquaculture Operations||MDMR|
|Mississippi Stock Assessment Panel||MDMR|
|Sport Fish Act – Artificial Reef Program||MDMR|
|MDMR Public Affairs Outreach Program||MDMR|
|Sport Fish Restoration Coordination||MDMR|
|Shellfish Sanitation Compliance Program||MDMR|
|MDMR Internship Program||MDMR|
|MS Gulf Coast National Heritage Grant Match||MDMR|
|Mississippi Clam Aquaculture||MDMR|
|Civil Air Patrol||MDMR|
|Off Bottom Aquaculture||MDMR|
|Monitoring MS Marine Resources||MDMR|
|Marine Fisheries Administration||MDMR|
|Assessment and Monitoring of Mississippi’s Fishery resources||USM|
|Monitoring Mississippi’s Marine Resources||USM|
|Implementation of a Dermo and mortality monitoring program||USM|
|Monitoring seagrass distribution and condition at Cat Island, MS||USM|
|Robotics Oyster Production||Gulfport High School|
|Waterproofing Coastal Mississippians||YMCA|