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2 Gulfport men nominated to Mississippi Gaming Commission

BILOXI — Two Gulfport men could take their seats on the Mississippi Gaming Commission next week in Biloxi — if the state Senate can confirm their nominations in time. The Sun Herald reports the Gaming Commission meeting scheduled for March 19 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino will have to be postponed if one or both of Gov. Phil ...

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Hairston exiting early from Mississippi Gaming Commission

GULFPORT — Mississippi Gaming Commission member John Hairston says he will resign from regulatory board effective Jan. 31. Hairston was appointed to the Gaming Commission in 2005 and again in 2010. He made the announcement at a commission meeting Thursday. Hairston was recently named president and chief executive officer of Hancock Holding Co. and he says he is very busy. ...

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Hancock Bank to celebrate its 115th year in operation

GULFPORT — At the turn of the 20th century, 19 South Mississippians envisioned a bank committed to helping local people succeed. So, with $10,000 in capital and a business plan built on core values, they opened Hancock Bank. On Oct. 9, Hancock Bank will celebrate 115 years of serving the Coast with festivities in Lighthouse Park at the bank’s downtown ...

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Diamondhead Casino Corporation wins site approval

DIAMONDHEAD — A 400-acre tract of land near the Bay of St. Louis just off of Interstate 10 near Diamondhead has been approved as a location for a casino. The Mississippi Gaming Commission gave site approval to Diamondhead Casino Corporation. The next time the casino will go before regulators is when financing is in place and the project is ready ...

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Two new casinos like the odds on Mississippi Gulf Coast

UPDATE APRIL 2: Two proposed Coast casinos miss financing deadline ‘COME SEE US’ – The MBJ’s annual Meetings, Conventions and Tourism magazine (Spring 2014 edition) Two new casinos are on the horizon for the Gulf Coast; good news for the sluggish gaming industry and the state’s economy in general. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort will be the first gaming property for ...

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Gaming Commission gives nod to Coast city's first casino

D’IBERVILLE — The Mississippi Gaming Commission started the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort on a path that could have D’Iberville’s first casino open by mid-2015. Jay McDaniel, deputy director of the commission, tells The Sun Herald that construction on the casino is expected to begin early next year on the Back Bay east of Interstate 110. Gaming Commission chairman John Hairston ...

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Mississippi Gaming Commission OKs new casino application regulations

After making few adjustments, the Mississippi Gaming Commission gave unanimous approval Thursday to a change in application regulations, intended to make future state casinos more attractive to visitors. “The environment has changed,” John Hairston, chairman of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, said at Thursday’s monthly meeting. “And we’re responding to that change.” Continued growth of gambling in other states has been ...

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Hairston elected to board

John Hairston, CEO of Hancock Holding Co., has been elected to the board of directors of the American Banking Association. Hancock Holding is the parent of Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank. The Sun Herald reports Hairston’s election took place at the organization’s recent meeting in San Diego. He is one of nine members elected to the board and one of ...

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Changes coming for Coast tourism

Personnel changes and the possibility of structural changes at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau are raising questions about the future of area tourism. The Harrison County Tourism Commission, governing board of the CVB, did not renew the contract of Richard Forester, CVB executive director. There are also efforts led by the Gulf Coast Business Council to create ...

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Open for business and visitors, any time

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is open for business and the welcome mat is out. The area has put the BP oil spill behind it and continues the Hurricane Katrina recovery. Tourism officials tout the variety of activities available for all age groups. In Hancock County, the tourism bureau’s Beth Carriere notes that the opening of the rebuilt Beach Boulevard from ...

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