Posts Tagged ‘hospitality’

Diamondhead exploring zoning change to allow for casino

DIAMONDHEAD — The Diamondhead Planning Commission will hold a meeting later this month to consider a zoning change to allow a casino at the site of the old Harbor House property. City manager Richard Rose tells The Sun Herald the meeting will be on June 26 at City Hall. The planning commission will hear from […] [...]

The wait continues for Edison Walthall hotel buyer

by Ted Carter Published: May 31,2013

Tags: Ben Allen, Capitol Street, Edison Walthall Hotel, hospitality, hotels, Landmark Center

Hopes for injecting more life into downtown Jackson’s Capitol Street through a renovation and possible conversion of the vacant Edison-Walthall sustained a setback when the hotel did not get an acceptable bid at auction. For now, the circa 1927 lodging landmark will remain with the Landmark Center office building a block away as once-major properties […] [...]

Mayor wants some casino money for schools to go to parks

GREENVILLE — Mayor John Cox is suggesting that a portion of casino revenue diverted to Greenville’s schools should be directed instead to parks and recreations programs. “We are trying to figure out a way that gaming funds could be directed through the parks commission to benefit the youth of the Greenville Public School District to […] [...]

Coast restaurant damaged by early morning fire

by Associated Press Published: May 28,2013

Tags: accident, damage, destruction, eatery, emergency, fire, food, foodservice, hospitality, restaurant

GULFPORT — Authorities in Gulfport are investigating an early morning fire that damaged a restaurant. WLOX TV reports a fire was reported this morning at South China Chinese Restaurant on Courthouse Road at around 4 a.m. Gulfport Fire Department battalion chief Chris Henderson said the fire started in the kitchen where a pot was found […] [...]

New post-oil spill restoration plan lacks requirements

GULF OF MEXICO — There’s now a draft plan for using fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to restore the Gulf Coast’s natural resources and economy. But the document doesn’t include two items required by federal law: a 10-year allocation plan or a three-year priority list of projects and programs, The Times-Picayune […] [...]

Coast residents to vote on tax hike to fund recreation projects

PASCAGOULA — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed legislation allowing Pascagoula residents to vote on a proposed 2 percent prepared food tax, says city recreation commission chairman Mike McElhaney. The tax would fund recreation projects outlined in the city’s recreation master plan, which the board adopted in October. Senate Bill 2921 was signed into law April […] [...]

Downtown iconic hotel going on auction block

by Associated Press Published: May 5,2013

Tags: auction, bankrupt, bankruptcy, convention, hospitality, hotel, lodging, meeting, sale, sell

JACKSON — A May 22 online auction will determine the future of a downtown Jackson landmark. Auctioneer Benny Taylor tells the Mississippi Business Journal (http://bit.ly/113wahW) that several prospective bidders toured the eight-story Edison Walthall Hotel this past week. The hotel has been closed since early 2010 after burst water pipes extensively damaged the lower floors. […] [...]

Stockholders approve sale of casino for $869M

VICKSBURG — The sale of Ameristar Casino will mark the second gambling house buyout in Vicksburg in less than a year. The stockholders of Las Vegas-based Ameristar Casinos Inc. last week approved the company’s planned acquisition by Pinnacle Entertainment. The all-cash transaction is estimated to be valued at $869 million. No change to Ameristar’s brand […] [...]

City brings in tourism consultant, gears up for 300th anniversary

NATCHEZ — Tourism consultants will evaluate Natchez in coming months as the city gears up for 300th anniversary celebrations in 2016. Leaders hope the anniversary will boost the city’s tourism industry over a yearlong period, in part by creating new festivals or extending existing ones, reports The Natchez Democrat. Consultant Berkeley Young will examine the […] [...]

Officials readying to cut ribbon on hospitality training center

GULFPORT — After a decade of planning, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College officials will cut the ribbon Friday on the nearly 51,000-square-foot Hospitality and Resort Management Center. MGCCC president Mary Graham tells The Sun Herald the state-of-the-art facility will provide a hands-on learning environment for students. The community college plans to work with Coast hospitality […] [...]

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