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Condos coming to Bay St. Louis beachfront

By LISA MONTI It took developer Chet LeBlanc 11 years, but his nine-unit Front Street Inn condo development on North Beach Boulevard in historic Old Town Bay St. Louis is set to break ground this month. “This will be first place where you can own property downtown and live their full-time if you choose to,” LeBlanc said. The original project, which ...

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Hotel to open Aug. 18 at District at Eastover

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Marriott Residence Inn will open on Aug. 18, marking the completion of the second major aspect of the 585,000-square-foot District at Eastover mixed-use development in Jackson. The four-story hotel’s 95 suites will have separate sleeping and living areas and are designed for business travelers and others needing an extended stay. It will also have a swimming ...

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Revitalizing Bay St. Louis beachfront a reality

By LISA MONTI The Bay St. Louis beachfront retail and restaurant district is seeing change on both sides of Beach Boulevard. The French Settlement retail building at 108 South Beach Blvd. has a new owner, and across the street, the Murphy family is rebuilding their popular beachfront restaurant and bar that Hurricane Katrina wiped away in 2005. The Murphy family ...

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Businesses welcome Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail completion

By DENNIS SEID / Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal TUPELO — No more orange barrels to drive around, no more lane shifts, no more trouble getting in and out of parking spaces. “Hallelujah,” said Pam Fair, a co-owner of Sparrows on Main, a boutique on East Main Street that opened in May 2014. Four months later, work began on the Elvis ...

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State asks judge to dismiss suit over Jackson airport board

Mississippi officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to maintain the city of Jackson’s control over the state’s largest airport. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law in May to create a nine-member regional board, rather than a five-member city board, for Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Critics say creating a new board is a ...

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Casino makes key changes

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Biloxi recently announced three executive changes. John Guy was promoted to Assistant General Manager. He previously served as the Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Golden Nugget Biloxi. He is a native of Bay St. Louis and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a BSBA degree in Accounting. He has ...

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Go cups almost good to go in Bay St. Louis

Those attending the Second Saturday Frida Fest weren’t allowed to travel the streets of Old Town Bay St. Louis with portable adult beverages. But they soon will be. After more than a month of public hearings and discussions, The Sun Herald reports the city council voted Tuesday to allow alcoholic beverages to be transported in to-go cups in the city’s ...

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New sales manager at VCC

Elyce Curry has been named the new Sales and Marketing Manager at the Vicksburg Convention Center and VenuWorks of Vicksburg. The Vicksburg Convention Center is located in the heart of historic downtown Vicksburg. The building is managed by VenuWorks which is based in Ames, Iowa. Curry has more than 11 years experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. She previously ...

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WHEN BUSINESS MEETS PLEASURE: Sales professionals use new and traditional methods to book meetings and conventions

By LYNN LOFTON Meetings and conventions are a big part of the state’s tourism industry with various cities and properties vying to play host. Trade associations and other groups are courted by sales personnel in an effort to keep this business in Mississippi, but how do they solicit with all the competition from surrounding states? A few sales professionals reveal some ...

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No casino, but Margaritaville Resort Biloxi provides an ‘escape’ and more

By NASH NUNNERY Once…twice…three times a resort. Margaritaville Resort Biloxi, to be exact. With Biloxi mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich in attendance, the highly anticipated ‘coastal-luxe’ resort opened June 23 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and signature margarita toast. “This development means so much to Biloxi and the Gulf Coast on so many levels,” said Gilich. “It transforms a site that had been ...

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