Posts Tagged ‘Ocean Springs’

Aldermen stuck: No police chief yet for Ocean Springs

OCEAN SPRINGS — Ocean Springs leaders appear to be stuck in the process of selecting a new police chief. The Sun Herald reports the Board of Aldermen and mayor interviewed the candidates — interim Chief Mark Dunston and four captains — earlier this month and the board was expected to vote on a chief Tuesday […] [...]

4 Jackson County cities support hotel-motel tax

JACKSON COUNTY — Officials in Moss Point, Pascagoula, Gautier and Ocean Springs have given the needed approval for Jackson County’s proposed November referendum on a 2 percent hotel-motel occupancy occupancy tax. The Sun-Herald reports the tax would raise $600,000 to $700,000 a year to fund Jackson County’s part for membership in the Mississippi Gulf Coast […] [...]

Katrina whistleblower case set for arguments

JACKSON — State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has appealed an order that it pay legal fees and damages of $3 million in a whistleblower lawsuit. A jury in Mississippi found the insurer defrauded the government in a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for Feb. 5 […] [...]

Ocean Springs, clinic settle dispute

OCEAN SPRINGS — The city of Ocean Springs will pay $437,500 in damages in the Psycamore mental health clinic discrimination case. The Justice Department had cited the city for discriminating against people with mental disabilities in denying the permit. The city’s board of aldermen voted 5-1 in 2011 to deny a permit to allow Psycamore […] [...]

Jackson County small businesses prepare for busy shopping season

By Tammy Leytham On a recent November day, Ashley Knecht was preparing her store, Gourmet Gurl, in Pascagoula for its one-year anniversary followed by the Christmas shopping season. She has give-a-ways and food samples planned and has shelves stocked with big sellers — like Captain Rodney’s Boucan Glaze, coffees and teas. And a new item […] [...]

Singing River to liquidate employee pension fund

PASCAGOULA — Singing River Health System has frozen its employee pension plan and announced there will be no further employee or hospital contributions to it. In a letter this week to employees, CEO Kevin Holland said the plan will be liquidated in the company months. Holland’s letter gives “key decisions” employees have been waiting to […] [...]

Precision is hallmark of Ocean Springs optics maker

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, Ocean Springs, optics, technology

Fred Ferson, an amateur telescope and prism maker, was able to parlay his hobby and the knowledge he gained from it into a business in the late 1940s that has prospered into its third generation of family ownership. Ferson Optics started out in a shop over Loveless Drug Store in the heart of Ocean Springs. […] [...]

Communities awarded national Main Street accreditation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Main Street Association has designated cities as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. The cities are Aberdeen, Corinth, Pascagoula, Amory, Greenville, Philadelphia, Baldwyn, Greenwood, Picayune, Batesville, Gulfport, Pontotoc, Belhaven, Hattiesburg, Ripley, Biloxi, Hernando, Senatobia, Booneville, Indianola, […] [...]

MDEQ raises water contact advisory for Coast beach

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a water contact advisory that was issued February 20 for a beach monitoring station in Ocean Springs. The advisory has been raised for Station 17-St. Andrews Beach. Water samples at this station show the area has attained acceptable […] [...]

Legal fees can grow quickly for cities

by Published: January 10,2014

Tags: finances, lawyers, Mississippi, money, Ocean Springs, taxes, Tupelo

With attorneys commonly charging $100 to $150 per hour, it can take a big bite out of a city’s finances for legal fees, especially for cities that have been involved in annexation battles. In the 2013 calendar year, the City of Biloxi paid $581,741 to one law firm, Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott, PLLC. Biloxi […] [...]

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