Infinity deal sealed

Science center construction to begin May 1



Backers of the Infinity Space Center signed construction contracts Tuesday in a ceremony marked by the absence of one of the project’s greatest champions.

The late Leo Seal Jr., former president of Hancock Bank, pushed to build Infinity as early as 1998 and donated generously to the project. Seal, who died in 2008, made the completion of the project one of his last wishes, said Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel, who succeeded Seal as Hancock Bank president.

Schloegel, chairman of the board of the Infinity Science Center, and contractor Roy Anderson III signed the papers in the seventh-floor Hancock Bank boardroom. Seal’s younger sister, Virginia Wagner, also was there

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