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Biloxi City Council calls meetings about infrastructure work


BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council will meet twice Tuesday. On the agenda for the 4:30 p.m. workshop are HNTB, the company hired to oversee the $365 million infrastructure project, and Oscar Renda, the company doing the work north of the tracks in East Biloxi. The Sun Herald reports the council also will discuss the South Contract, for which bids ...

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Audits show maritime revenue decline for Port of Gulfport

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By TED CARTER As it entered the final stages of a multi-year restoration of the Port of Gulfport, the Mississippi State Port Authority ended fiscal 2015 with a net operating loss of $11.5 million, a 2015 audit report shows. A drop of $600,000 in revenues from fiscal 2014 levels contributed to the shortfall. But the main contributor was $9.1 million in ...

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New Audubon Center adds to ecotourism attractions

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By LISA MONTI  Jackson County just added a major new ecotourism attraction, the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, which opened Oct. 15 in Moss Point. Along with swamp cruises, birding excursions, kayak tours and nature trails, the center should help to attract more visitors to the state who like the experience of being in nature and who spend money doing it. ...

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Bay St. Louis’ Starfish Cafe helps to find careers


By LISA MONTI Customers at Starfish Cafe come to the colorful cottage in Old Town Bay St. Louis to enjoy healthful meals and catch up with friends among the tourists who eat at the popular Main Street spot. The meals are prepared and served by students who are working toward a career in the culinary industry or wherever their job skills ...

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Gulfport aquarium design team moving forward with plans


GULFPORT — The team hired to design a waterfront aquarium are in Gulfport this week to discuss plans. The Sun Herald report PGAV Destinations of St. Louis, Missouri — which designs aquariums, theme parks and other attractions — is expected to have a master plan in place by the end of January. The Mississippi Aquarium will be located on 12 ...

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Oyster season set by commissioners


By LISA MONTI For the second consecutive year, the Commission on Marine Resources put aside recommendations by the Department of Marine Resources’ scientific staff on when and where oyster harvesting should be. At the commission’s October meeting, Kelly Lucas, DMR’s chief scientist, presented the staff’s findings based on months of surveys of the oyster reefs, including sampling done by divers. Lucas ...

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READY TO ORDER LIONFISH TACO? Hunting, eating the fish may be best way to control the invasive species

The bizarre-looking lionfish is native to the Indo-Pacific and may have entered U.S. waters as the result of dumping by aquarium owners.

By LISA MONTI If there was a contest to crown the most menacing among all the aquatic invasive species, the lionfish from Indo-Pacific waters surely would reign. In the appearance category, the lionfish is strikingly exotic, with lots of moving parts and dramatic curves. Beyond its looks, the fish has dangerous attributes. Venomous quills help keep captors and predators away. Its ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Barbour’s book tells of Mississippi’s finest hour

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour talks about his book, “America’s Great Storm,” at a recent reading and signing.

The Flood of 1927 was the most widespread and disruptive natural event to happen to Mississippi in recorded history. The flood, which also inundated Arkansas and Louisiana along the Mississippi, has spawned many a book and many a tale. Now Mississippi has Hurricane Katrina as its greatest state tragedy, and its finest triumph, as Haley Barbour tells it in his ...

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D’Iberville’s Scarlet Pearl on track for December opening

Contractors work on building the Scarlet Pearl Casino in D'Iberville, Miss., Wednesday Sept. 16, 2015. The casino is on track to open in early December, and will be the first in D'Iberville. (John Fitzhugh/The Sun Herald via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT: MISSISSIPPI PRESS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT WLOX, LOCAL ONLINE OUT; GULFLIVE.COM OUT

D’IBERVILLE — The city of D’Iberville is working with developers of Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort to get the project open as soon as possible. Hank Rogers, community development director, says the facility should open the first week in December. The Sun Herald reports Rogers told city officials Tuesday the miniature golf course being built as part of the resort, however, many ...

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