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Mayor wants ‘trial run’ of hotel/restaurant tax next month

GAUTIER — At the end of the this week’s Gautier City Council meeting, Mayor Tommy Fortenberry made a motion to use the June 4 ballot as a “trial run” for the 2 percent tax-levy issue. Fortenberry said he was concerned at the low turnout of the primary election and wants to make sure residents are […] [...]

Downtown iconic hotel going on auction block

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. […] [...]

New life for Edison Walthall Hotel hinges on winning bid

The fate of downtown Jackson landmark the Edison Walthall Hotel could be decided through an online real estate auction May 22. Auctioneer Benny Taylor indicates a bargain is in the making on the sale of the eight-floor hotel, closed down since early 2010 after burst water pipes extensively damaged the lower floors. Sellers “are very […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Developers of proposed new casino miss deadline

GULFPORT — A development company that had wanted to build a $112 million casino at the Gulfport Harbor but has been unable to obtain financing will have to return to the Mississippi Gaming Commission for new approval if it wants to go ahead with the project. The Sun Herald reports a time limit on permission […] [...]

Officials want loop to connect casinos, beach with Back Bay

BILOXI — City officials want to complete the long-awaited loop around East Biloxi that would link the casinos and the beach with Back Bay. The Sun Herald reports the City Council voted to support an initiative to connect Back Bay Boulevard with U.S. Highway 90. David Nichols, the city’s chief administrative officer, says he’s looking […] [...]

City, new casino get off to bumpy start over signage

NATCHEZ — The president of a casino in Natchez said he plans to meet with Mayor Butch Brown about banners advertising the casino. The Natchez Democrat reports the city took down banners directing customers to the Magnolia Bluffs Casino at the bottom of Roth Hill in Natchez last Friday. But the casino soon replaced them. […] [...]

County appeals decision to give casino tax money to city

CLARKSDALE — Coahoma County has appealed a judge’s order that it return to the city of Clarksdale about $62,000 collected in casino taxes. The Clarksdale Press Register reports the county filed the appeal Feb. 15, asking Circuit Judge Johnnie Walls to reverse his decision. In court documents, county attorney Tom Ross argues that Walls ruled […] [...]

Trial date set for casino’s tax-protest hearing

VICKSBURG — Ameristar Casino’s protests over Warren County property tax levies for 2012 and 2013 will be heard Oct. 14 in Warren County Circuit Court. The Vicksburg Post reports the separate lawsuits filed by the casino have been combined by Circuit Judge M. James Chaney. The Ameristar claims in the most recent of the two […] [...]

Tourism tax collections up in the Land of Elvis

TUPELO — Tourism tax receipts in Tupelo hit at least $300,000 benchmark in three of the first four months in the current fiscal year, the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau says. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports tax revenue rose almost 4 percent for the fiscal year. November’s revenue was $311,809 — a record for […] [...]

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