By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The city of Biloxi will get an additional $200,000 from the BP oil spill settlement.

On Monday, the city council accepted a deal brokered by Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich with the Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott law firm to reduce the amount the city owed it in legal fees. The vote was unanimous by the council, said city spokesman Vincent Creel.

The law firm’s original contract with the city, going back to 2012, called for a 20 percent contingency fee. The contract, had it held up, would have netted the law firm about $1 million.

That pushes the city’s portion from $3.9 million to $4.1 million, according to local media reports.

“We’re in the middle of the budget workshop preparation at this point in time. That’s our main goal is to make sure that the money gets to where the harm was done, and not only this $4.9 million, but also things that are coming over the next 15 or 16 years,” said Gilich.

Law firm partner Ron Peresich requested that the city use the money to support the Seafood and Maritime Museum and the Ohr O’Keefe Museum, as well as the Biloxi Natatorium.

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