Aquatic Center? The Newest Proposal To Spend Money The State Doesn’t Have For A Project Most Mississippians Will Never Use.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 6th, 2017 at 6:06 am

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An 88,700-square-foot facility at an estimated cost of $33.6 million has been proposed for land to be donated by the city of Ridgeland for the Mississippi Aquatic Center.

The facility would rely on corporate sponsorships — including the possibility of naming rights for big participants — and fees.

It also would need a bond issue from the state.

A commitment from the local government and private sector would be essential to show the Legislature, said state Rep. Cory Wilson, Republican, for District 73.

“Getting private buy-in and local buy-in is the key thing,” Wilson said.

Wilson said he started talking with city officials, during the 2016 legislative session.