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Island View Casino Resort opens $75 million smoke-free beach casino

Officials with Island View Casino Resort opened the doors today to a $75 million casino expansion during a ceremony attended by several local and state dignitaries. Island View’s Beach Casino is located on the south side of U.S. Highway 90 adjacent to its Beach Tower. The Beach Casino is a 43,000-square-foot smoke-free casino. This expansion is the fourth phase of ...

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Coast Coliseum to get food overhaul starting July 1

Visitors to the Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi will soon be in for some new food. The Sun Herald reports that Levy Convention Centers will become the new food service provider as of July 1. Matt McDonnell, executive director of the Center, said Levy will invest $2.5 million in new equipment and venues. New concession stands, cafes and a VIP ...

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Pitbull to open Miami-themed lounge on Mississippi coast

Rapper Pittbull is going to Mississippi to open a new a Miami-themed lounge inspired by his Florida hometown. News outlets report that Armando Christian Perez, whose stage name is Pitbull, will be at the opening of the iLov305 Nightlife and Cocktail Lounge inside Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi. The hotel says in a statement that two days of festivities ...

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Former Biloxi mayor A.J. Holloway dead at 79

A.J. Holloway, who oversaw an unprecedented number of quality-of-life improvements during his unprecedented 22 years as Biloxi’s mayor, died early Tuesday morning. He was 79. He was elected to the City Council in 1989 and elected mayor in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013, before resigning in 2015. Holloway became mayor a year after casino gaming was legalized. The ...

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Mississippi coast casinos break April revenue record

Casinos on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast are setting revenue records before tourists arrive for the summer. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reports that gross casino revenue at the 12 Gulf Coast gambling centers hit an all-time high of $108.6 million in April. That’s $1.4 million more than the previous high set in April 2007 when volunteers and contractors were flooding the coast following ...

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Long-time Mississippi mayor announces his retirement

The long-time mayor of a Mississippi city has announced his retirement. News outlets report D’Iberville Mayor Rusty Quave announced at the State of the City address Wednesday that he will not run for an eighth term in 2021. He was elected in 1993. Quave is noted for rebuilding the city after Hurricane Katrina, and during his tenure as mayor the ...

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Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank are now Hancock Whitney Bank

  By BECKY GILLETTE GULFPORT — When Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank merged in 2011, they kept their respective names due to each being so large and well known in their respective markets for nearly 100 years. But now the banks are merging in name, as well.  The banks will be renamed Hancock Whitney Bank on May 25. The bank ...

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Hancock County communities designated as Opportunity Zones

Two communities in Hancock County are among 100 Mississippi communities designated by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service as Qualified Opportunity Zones.  The designations are designed to spur economic growth by encouraging long-term investments in low-income and rural communities through Qualified Opportunity Funds. Private investors can earn tax relief through investments made in an Opportunity Zone, ...

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Mississippi city offers up historic properties to developers

A Mississippi city is soliciting requests for proposals to develop three downtown properties it owns. The Sun Herald reports Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich wants to capitalize on the success of a lucrative deal to rent the city’s old library as a restaurant. The city will consider proposals for two 19th century properties: the Magnolia Hotel, which houses a Mardi Gras museum, ...

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Feds: Gulf states manage red snapper anglers for 2 years

States on the Gulf of Mexico can set recreational seasons this year and next for red snapper, a popular catch that’s still recovering from nearly disastrous overfishing, the federal government said. The experimental permits will let Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana and Texas track the catch, with each state closing its season when it reaches its quota, according to a Commerce ...

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