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Road project expected to spur casino development

BILOXI — The extension of Back Bay Boulevard won’t quite complete “the loop” around East Biloxi but it will be enough for casino developers to invest millions in the city. The Sun Herald reports city council members heard a proposal yesterday for using $5 million from the Mississippi Development Authority to complete Phase I of […] [...]

MDEQ lifts two beach advisories on Coast

BILOXI and OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted two water contact advisories issued Aug. 10 for the two stretches of beach. The cleared beaches are: • Station 12B — Porter Avenue Beach in Biloxi (from St. Peter Street east to Dukate Street) • Station […] [...]

Casino planning $50M hotel tower renovation on Coast

GULFPORT — Island View Casino Resort is expanding with a planned $50 million investment to transform a hotel tower vacant since Hurricane Katrina into a 400-room hotel and convention center. The Sun Herald reported the tower on the south side of U.S. Highway 90 had been part of Grand Casino Gulfport before Katrina struck in […] [...]

Agency issues more beach advisories on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued water contact advisories for two sampling stations — one in Harrison County and one in Jackson County. These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in […] [...]

Officials approve naming beaches critical habitat for turtles

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Officials say they won’t have any problems if Mississippi beaches are named critical habitat for endangered loggerhead sea turtles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing nearly 750 miles of beaches from North Carolina to Mississippi as protected habitat. South Carolina officials have said that could make it harder and […] [...]

Silver Slipper to build 140-room hotel; expected to take a year to complete

BAY ST. LOUIS — Construction will begin soon on a $17.5 million, 140-room hotel at the Silver Slipper Casino, according to its parent company. The Sun Herald reports Full House Resorts received a commitment for a $10 million loan on Aug. 2 and will finance the remaining $7.5 million cost of construction with cash on […] [...]

Officials hope legislation passes to allow return of Delta Queen

NATCHEZ — The Delta Queen could resume her reign of the Mississippi next summer. The Delta Queen made its final tour of the Mississippi River in 2008 after the federal government ended an exemption to the 1960 Safety of Lives at Sea Act that allowed the wooden vessel to operate. The Natchez Democrat reports a […] [...]

City wants lodging tax; money collected in error placed in escrow

HORN LAKE — Horn Lake hopes to get the ball rolling soon on a referendum for a hotel-motel tax that could generate thousands of dollars in revenue without taxing residents. The referendum is the latest chapter in the troubled history of the city’s hotel-motel tax, which dates back to 2002. State legislators approved a four-year […] [...]

Judge declines to shut down BP oil spill payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge refused Friday to temporarily shut down a multibillion-dollar settlement program for compensating victims of BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill, saying he has seen no evidence of widespread fraud among the tens of thousands of claims. The judge also said he was offended by what he saw as attempts to […] [...]

New regional tourism group on Coast holds first meeting

BILOXI — Representatives from the three Coast counties arrived ready to work at the first meeting of the new Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Tourism Commission. Yesterday, the commission began by establishing accountability and setting goals to increase visitors to South Mississippi resorts. The Sun Herald reports Duncan McKenzie was elected president and Kim Fritz vice […] [...]

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