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Mississippi could name beach for ‘Margaritaville’ singer

Mississippi legislators are working to name a Gulf Coast beach for the native son who wrote and sang “Margaritaville.” Representatives voted 119-1 on Monday to pass House Bill 886, which would designate a sandy stretch in Pascagoula as Buffett Beach. Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett was born in Pascagoula and grew up in Mobile, Alabama. The 69-year-old Buffett also wrote “Cheeseburger in ...

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Gulfport seeks hotel developer for new aquarium plans

GULFPORT — The city of Gulfport is moving ahead with plans for a destination aquarium on a downtown property it owns. The Sun Herald reports that the city’s urban development agency, the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission, is requesting proposals from developers by June 3 for a hotel on the property. The hotel would have to have a minimum of 120 rooms, ...

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Lopez joins Carnival Line

Maria Lopez, a travel industry sales professional with more than 10 years of experience, has been named business development manager for Louisiana and Mississippi for Carnival Cruise Line. In this role, she will work with travel agents in this region on sales and marketing strategies designed to help them develop new business and maximize their sales opportunities. Lopez previously worked ...

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JRA selects EDT as top choice for convention hotel developer

By TED CARTER Washington, D.C.-based Engineering Design Technologies has been named the preferred developer for a downtown Jackson convention center hotel. The selection of EDT’s $75.5 million proposal came at Wednesday’s meeting of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, capping a request for proposals process that began last spring. EDT and its local team, Mississippi Developers LLC, beat out Red Leaf Development of ...

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New hotel being built in Pass Christian

By LISA MONTI Construction is under way on a small hotel in Pass Christian that will cater to New Orleanians and others who lost second homes on the Coast to Hurricane Katrina. It will be the first hotel in the beachside town in decades. Hotel Whiskey is being developed by restaurateur Thomas Genin and builder Travis March. The partners have worked ...

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Amtrak test trip to be met with celebrations across Coast

GULFPORT — For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, a passenger train will make stops along the Coast. The Sun Heard reports Thursday’s run is a one-off trip to assess the CSX rails and the interest in restoring passenger rail service along the northern Gulf of Mexico and into central Florida. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says it’s a great ...

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AAA’s Four Diamond Award keeps hotels, their guests happy

By LISA MONTI Earning the AAA Four Diamond Award is a high honor for hotels and restaurants. Winning the award year after year takes hard work and vigilance to maintain the standards the leisure travel organization uses to rate and recognize the properties. Only 3.9 percent of the more than 58,000 hotels and restaurants inspected by AAA win the honor. ...

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Lonely Planet names Natchez as the No. 2 destination in America

Lonely Planet says, in America, only Philadelphia is a better place to visit than Natchez. The company known for its travel guides says in its Tuesday announcement that Natchez, at the beginning of the Natchez Trace parkway “is the state’s cycling and recreational jewel.” Some 668 antebellum homes pepper the oldest civilized settlement on the Mississippi River (beating New Orleans by two years). ...

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UPDATED: American cancels Jackson-to-Charlotte flights as massive blizzard arrives

Winter weather conditions have already begun to impact flights to and from the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Weather conditions are likely to cause system disruptions throughout the weekend. American Air Lines reports all flights serving Jackson to and from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport have been cancelled for Friday.   Passengers are advised to contact their airlines directly to monitor any changes to ...

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Developers of The Fondren ready for spring start on hotel tower

By TED CARTER The nearly 60-year-old Kolb’s Cleaners building and modern architecture it represents will spend the decades to come as the entrance and lobby of a nine-floor hotel. The matchup of the hotel and the dry cleaners building is architect and developer Roy Decker Jr.’s idea. He says the building that sits back off North State Street at Mitchell Avenue ...

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