Posts Tagged ‘visitor’

Fair officials mulling a second event to be held in Memphis

SOUTHAVEN — The Mid-South Fair has no plans to move from the Landers Center in Southaven, but officials are exploring the possibility of adding a second fair in Memphis. The Commercial Appeal reports Michael Doyle, president of the Mid-South Fair board of directors, told the Memphis City Council earlier this week that organizers want the […] [...]

Work begins on demolition of harbor facilities

OCEAN SPRINGS — Demolition has begun on a vacant boat storage shed and a restaurant will be come down next at the Ocean Springs Harbor. The Sun Herald reports that Southern Recycling and Demolition Inc. of D’Iberville has 90 days to do the work. Thomas Hickman, owner of Southern Recycling, said once workers get the […] [...]

Two years later and aquarium project remains in limbo

D’IBERVILLE — Two years after ground was broken for Ocean Expo Aquarium along Interstate 10, the lot remains vacant and the lease between the city and aquarium developer Moby Solangi has expired. The attraction that was forecast to draw a million visitors a year when it opened in 2014 still exists only on paper, and […] [...]

Paddleboat to dock in Vidalia, La., not Natchez

VIDALIA, La. — The Queen of the Mississippi paddleboat will dock at the Vidalia Riverfront, just across the Mississippi River from Natchez, six times before the end of the year. The Natchez Democrat reports that the first of those stops will be 7:30 p.m. Monday until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Other stops will be Nov. 19 […] [...]

Kirklin replacing Thorn as director of convention center

VICKSBURG — The Vicksburg Convention Center is getting a new executive director. The Vicksburg Post reports that Annette Kirklin’s hiring was announced Friday by VenuWorks, an Iowa-based company that manages the convention center under a city contract. Kirklin has served as director of the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation and Center for the past six years. […] [...]

Supervisors OK with regional tourism, but questions remain

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors say they are sold on a regional concept for attracting visitors to the Coast. But there are still details to work out about how the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau will serve the county, how the county will pay and what will be a reasonable contribution. The […] [...]

Bad weather threatens future of longtime balloon race

NATCHEZ — After rainy weather hurt attendance at this year’s race, the organization that puts on the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race may not have enough money to open the gates for 2014 without dipping into its reserve fund. If the balloon race is unsuccessful next year, reports The Natchez Democrat, the committee will have […] [...]

CVB director resigns; board president surprised

BILOXI — The director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau has resigned. Beth Carriere submitted her resignation Friday, the Sun Herald reports, in what board president Duncan McKenzie describes as a surprise. McKenzie, who heads the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Tourism Commission, declines to discuss why Carriere is leaving. She couldn’t […] [...]

Court turns down waterway’s request for quick appeal

LAMAR COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied a request by the Pat Harrison Waterway District to expedite its appeal to determine whether Lamar County must still pay for operation of nine waterparks regardless of its decision to leave the district. The Hattiesburg American reports both sides still expect the appeal to be heard […] [...]

Casino developers given more time to sign lease, make payment

D’IBERVILLE — The developers of the proposed Oyster Bay Casino have gotten a reprieve from the D’Iberville City Council. WLOX-TV reports that council members voted unanimously yesterday to give the Pivotal Group five days to sign a new lease agreement with the city. The group must also make a $25,000 payment. Officials with the development […] [...]

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