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Despite demands, Gulf Coast real estate on the upswing

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By LYNN LOFTON  As with most things on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the real estate market has experienced the ‘new normal’ since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Factors other than the storm — including the national recession — also affected coastal real estate but the market is improving, according to Coast realtors. Deborah McGhee, owner/broker of McGhee Realty in Saucier, is ...

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On Mississippi’s shore, what Katrina erased not yet replaced

In this July 23, 2015 photo, Efrem Garza stands before his new home built on the lot of his previous house that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and holds a photograph taken by a friend of the remains of that house on South Seashore Avenue in Long Beach, Miss. Before the storm Garza was surrounded by houses and trees, now 10 years later, there are only two houses on that land, as few of the residents returned and rebuilt. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

LONG BEACH — Between Mississippi’s seashore and the railroad tracks a little ways inland, where Hurricane Katrina all but erased a neighborhood 10 years ago, Efrem Garza and a handful of other homeowners are still resettling a frontier. Once lined with houses and a small condominium complex, South Seashore Avenue in Long Beach was ravaged by wind and waves in ...

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Analysis: Katrina insecurity over being forgotten returns

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On Hurricane Katrina’s 10th anniversary, is it time to take off the chip? By now, everyone knows about Mississippi’s post-storm insecurity, its angst about being overshadowed by all the media attention on New Orleans after the storm, when hundreds of Mississippians had also died, and tens of thousands were homeless. And the chip is still there. Some residents of the ...

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Former state Sen. William Rhodes of Vancleave dies

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VANCLEAVE — Funeral services were being held Wednesday for former Mississippi state Sen. William C. “Son” Rhodes, who died Sunday. He was 84. Rhodes, of Vancleave, served in the state Senate from 1972 to 1984 and was chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee. The Mississippi Press reports Rhodes was a lifelong resident of Jackson County and served with the ...

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Mississippi Phosphates pleads guilty in pollution case

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GULFPORT — A Gulf Coast fertilizer manufacturer has pleaded guilty to polluting waterways, killing fish and destroying marshy areas around Bayou Casotte in Pascagoula. Prosecutors said in a news release that lawyers for Mississippi Phosphates entered the plead Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. in Gulfport. Last October, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. A bankruptcy ...

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Looking toward a ‘liveable, walkable’ downtown Gulfport

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GULFPORT — Officials in Gulfport say they want to take the next step in recovery from Hurricane Katrina by making the downtown area a place where people want to live. Before the end of the year, a project will begin to turn upper floors of a building on 27th Avenue in Gulfport into apartments, with commercial interests on the bottom ...

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Biloxi council agrees to legal fees for BP claims

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BILOXI — Following a meeting behind closed doors, the Biloxi City Council accepted a $200,000 offer to settle a dispute over fees charged by the law firm that fought for the city’s $4.9 million oil spill claim. The Sun Herald reports the city council unanimously approved two resolutions Monday reducing the 20 percent cut owed to lawyers who spent more ...

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