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COMING OF AGE — Casinos look to Millennials for the survival of gaming


By FRANK BROWN A Millennial and Baby boomer walk into a casino. Boomer: “Let’s go hit the slot machines.” Millennial: “This is a joke, right?” If you don’t find that funny, don’t worry. Neither does the established casino industry. The generation born between 1980 and 2000 has come of age and is a staggering 80 million strong. For the gaming ...

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Island View unveils new hotel tower in Gulfport

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By LISA MONTI The local owners of Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport unveiled their 18-story hotel April 29 for guests and officials from the Coast and Jackson. Rick Carter and Terry Green invested $58 million in the tower which had been vacant since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The beach tower was built on a 10-acre site on the south side ...

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Jackson County to vote on tourism tax

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors have decided to go ahead with a special election June 23 for a 2 percent tourism tax on hotel and motel rooms, rather than wait for the November general election. The Sun Herald reports voters will be asked to decide whether to institute the tax to support tourism. Renee Areng, executive director of the Mississippi ...

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Wildlife rescue groups: Growing number of animals need aid

GAUTIER — Recent storms that battered southern Mississippi have been hard on wildlife as well as humans — and some volunteers have been stepping up to help. The Sun Herald reports a large number of birds came in to the Wildlife Care and Rescue Center in Jackson County the past few weeks as storms damaged the trees they lived in. ...

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Man sentenced for making counterfeit IDs for immigrants

GULFPORT — Prosecutors say a Louisiana man has been sentenced to 13 months in prison after selling counterfeit immigration papers to illegal immigrants in southern Mississippi. The Sun Herald reports 27-year-old Pedro Alberto Perez pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of counterfeit documents April 21 in Gulfport. Court records show Perez met with customers who wanted to buy a ...

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Island View’s $58 million Beach Tower makes its debut

GULFPORT — A $58 million transformation of the beachfront tower at Island View Casino has turned the 18-story building into a hotel and conference center with a South Beach vibe and amenities that make it a luxury beach resort. The Sun Herald reports the new project gets its wow factor from the 405 rooms and suites that all have a ...

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Coast Guard IDs 3rd victim in deadly sailboat disaster

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. — Authorities have identified the third person killed when a powerful storm struck a sailboat race on the Alabama coast. The U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday that the body of 67-year-old William Glenn Massey of Daphne was found near a gas platform in Mobile Bay. An angler spotted the body Tuesday and notified officials. Massey is the ...

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Andrew Gilich, Winfield Swetman in runoff for Biloxi mayor

BILOXI — The special election for Biloxi’s next mayor moves to a runoff after Andrew Gilich and Winfield Swetman III finished first and second — but without 50 percent of the vote. The runoff will take place on May 12. The Sun Herald reports Councilman Felix Gines took an early lead in the count Tuesday night and finished third, ahead ...

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Former Biloxi casino to be redeveloped as resort, water park

BILOXI — A former Biloxi casino damaged in Hurricane Katrina will be redeveloped as a resort and water park. The Sun Herald reports the developers have begun to reinvent the Casino Magic tower in east Biloxi. The casino has been closed since Hurricane Katrina severely damaged the site in 2005. Developers told the Biloxi City Council Tuesday the resort will ...

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Special Biloxi mayoral election Tuesday

BILOXI — Voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide which of the 10 candidates will be Biloxi’s next mayor. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If one candidate doesn’t get more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will be in a runoff May 12. This is the first municipal election ...

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