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Former Casino Magic to get new life as resort, water park

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BILOXI — Plans for a new resort and water park at the former Casino Magic on the beach in East Biloxi have been presented to the Biloxi Architectural and Historical Review Commission and approved. The Sun Herald reports developer Cono Caranna with Biloxi Lodging LLC said Thursday the resort will have 373 hotel rooms, two restaurants and a water park ...

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State port’s Katrina relief jobs costly, slow to materialize

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GULFPORT — The federal government is giving the state of Mississippi more time to create jobs promised in exchange for more than $566 million in Hurricane Katrina-relief funds. The state Port at Gulfport has used the federal money to restore and expand its West Pier, a project that will not be completed before late 2016 or possibly early 2017, port ...

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MGM Park will not open for first baseball game June 6

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BILOXI — The Biloxi Shuckers’ stadium won’t be ready for what would have been the first home game on June 6. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said Wednesday the city, the team and Yates Construction are hoping the stadium will be ready sometime before Aug. 4. Tickets for home games went on sale May 13, and those that have been sold ...

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Swetman abandons supervisor re-election bid

BILOXI — Windy Swetman III is pulling out of the Harrison County supervisor race and won’t seek re-election. According to local media reports, Swetman filed a letter with the Harrison County circuit clerk’s office Friday. Swetman has been supervisor since 2007. His term ends Dec. 31. His departure leaves Republicans Todd J. Echelberry, Beverly Martin and Johnny Rhodes and Libertarian ...

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Nonprofit buys 170 acres from developer for endangered frogs

A Mississippi environmental nonprofit has bought more than 170 acres of land from a residential development to reforest and protect as critical habitat for the critically endangered Mississippi gopher frog. The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain will replant it in longleaf pine as habitat for the burrowing frogs and other rare animals, according to a news release Thursday ...

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Helicopter crash survivor sues for unspecified damages

GULFPORT — A Montana man injured in a helicopter crash in the DeSoto National Forest in south Mississippi has sued the manufacturers of the helicopter and the engine. Named as defendants are Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., the helicopter’s manufacturer, and Rolls-Royce Corp., which makes and distributes the 250-C30P turbo-shaft engine. Both are based in Delaware. “Our initial investigation, which included ...

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

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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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Biloxi voters will choose new mayor on Tuesday

BILOXI —Biloxi voters will choose the city’s first new mayor since 1993 on Tuesday. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Andrew Gilich and Winfield Swetman III were top vote getters in the April 28 special election to get into the runoff. Together they pulled a little more than half of the 7,679 votes cast. The ...

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Sewage spill closes part of Biloxi beach

BILOXI — A sewage spill has closed a stretch of beach in Biloxi. The state Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday a two-block stretch of beach from Travia Avenue to Iberville Drive is closed after workers repaired a force main break outside a lift station. Vincent Creel, the city’s public affairs manager, tells The Sun Herald approximately 25,000 gallons of ...

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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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