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State Port at Gulfport, Island View Casino sign 10-year lease

Rick Carter and Terry Green, co-owners of Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport, have extended their lease with the Mississippi State Port Authority to expand Island View’s hotel operations and add amenities. Carter and Green already announced a multimillion-dollar renovation of their hotel property on the south side of U.S. 90. They plan to spend $50 million to turn the ...

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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 company say they will sign ...

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State's casinos see another month of falling revenue

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casinos won less money from gamblers in September for the 13th month out of 15, as casinos along the Mississippi River continued to lag badly. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show statewide casino revenue fell 4.4 percent from September 2012 to $170.2 million. The 12 coastal casinos won $88 million from gamblers, up 1.7 percent from ...

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Casino signs lease with port for hotel tower renovation

GULFPORT — Island View Casino owners are ready to refurbish the hotel tower south of U.S. 90 after signing a 50-year lease with the Mississippi state Port Authority. Casino owner Rick Carter tells The Sun Herald the agreement begins with a 10-year lease and has multiple extensions. Carter said 35 years remained on the lease assumed when he and his ...

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Travel writers, photographers to crisscross Mississippi's Gulf Coast

Tourism officials on the Mississippi Coast have spent the last year preparing to host the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers annual conference Oct. 20-25 in Biloxi. Now they’re in the final stages of fine tuning a complex schedule of events to showcase everything the area has to offer its visitors. More than 300 travel writers and photographers will take ...

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Agritourism spreading across Mississippi

A working farm, a Halloween corn maze and pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, wagon rides, you pick ’em farms, a winery and Christmas tree farms amount to year round agritourism activities in Mississippi that generate $150 million annually. Tourism officials say agritourism is now one of the fastest growing tourism markets, providing employment and revenue for local business owners. Activities ...

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Site rezoned for proposed Boardwalk Casino

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has rezoned property west of Interstate 110 to waterfront, and now it will be up to the Mississippi Gaming Commission to decide if it is a legal casino site. The council also heard casino operators and Wall Street investors are interested in financing the proposed Biloxi Boardwalk Casino Hotel. The Sun Herald reports the ...

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Local firm breaks ground for new hotel in Delta

CLARKSDALE — Landstar Construction, LLC, has broken ground for the construction of a new Hampton Inn by Hilton in Clarksdale for Chawla & Chawla, Inc. The 63-room hotel is scheduled to open in April 2014, according to Flowood-based Landstar. The cost of the project was undisclosed. Landstar is a general purpose construction firm serving the Southeast but specializing in hotels ...

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State's casinos see continued drop in winnings

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Month after month, Mississippi’s casinos are winning less from gamblers. Some months, such as August, see a blip, and revenue rises a little. But those are exceptions. After hitting nearly $2.9 billion in 2007, revenue fell 22 percent to $2.25 billion in 2012. And the take is on track to dip another $100 million in 2013, state ...

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USA International Ballet kicks off in June in Jackson

JACKSON — Top young dancers from around the globe will perform next June during the festival of dance, also known as the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition. USA IBC will celebrate 35 years in Jackson during the two-week event that begins June 14, 2014. USA IBC Executive director Sue Lobrano said organizers expect between 30,000 and 40,000 to attend some ...

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