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Hosemann presents largest-ever Tidelands check

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has presented coastal officials a check for more than $9.7 million for tidelands-related projects along the Gulf Coast. Hosemann said the amount — $9,755,926.46 — is the largest tidelands amount ever returned to the Gulf Coast to date. Mississippians own the public trust tidelands, the land covered by water at high ...

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Survey: Percentage of Coast families in poverty rising

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The percentage of families living below the poverty line in South Mississippi is on the rise. That’s according to the latest numbers released from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. In Hancock County, where the numbers from 2007-09 showed 11.6 percent of families were living in poverty and that percentage nearly doubled to 20.9 in ...

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Section 42 ruling to impact tax collections on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A recent state Supreme Court ruling is expected to cost Coast counties, cities and schools more than $6 million in tax revenue. That’s according to Mississippi Coast tax assessors. The ruling pertains to how counties calculate the value of Section 42 or federally subsidized tax-credit housing for tax purposes. The Sun Herald reports Jackson County Tax ...

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Federal shutdown at end, but too late for Gulf Islands cleanup

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Even though the federal shutdown has ended, Gulf Islands National Seashore is not participating in this Saturday’s Mississippi Coastal Cleanup. Yesterday, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources sent out a news release about the barrier islands being closed for the cleanup. Despite the federal government being reopened late yesterday, the islands will remain closed and will ...

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Communities buy more time for Katrina aid forgiveness

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — With the deadline extended for federal forgiveness on Hurricane Katrina disaster loans, political entities on the Mississippi Coast are asking one last time. The cancellation deadline has been extended to April 2014, former Bay St. Louis Mayor Eddie Favre told the Sun Herald. In addition, political jurisdictions are allowed to show disaster losses over five or ...

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DMR to let bids for demolition at Coast harbor

OCEAN SPRINGS — The state Department of Marine Resources plans to open bids next week for the demolition of the Harbor Landing boat shed and restaurant at the Ocean Springs Harbor. The Sun Herald reports the city lost its bid to have the state agency swap the property and buildings for land on Back Bay in order to save what ...

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Casino revenue up, but gaming along river remains depressed

It has been an easy year so far for the state’s casinos, but there is finally some good news, at least for venues on the Coast. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show casinos took in about $179.1 million in August, compared to about $178.4 million a year ago, according to The Associated Press. The 12 casinos in coastal counties won ...

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Louisiana firm chosen to manage DMR conservation program

BILOXI — A Louisiana firm has been awarded a $1.2 million, three-year contract to manage a coastal conservation program headquartered at the Mississippi Department of Resources. The Sun Herald reports CSRS, a Baton Rouge-based firm headed by architects and engineers, will manage the final stages of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, the subject of a scathing audit by the U.S. ...

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Research group completes first-ever land use survey on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Over a 10-month period, a group of University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students and their geography professor conducted a parcel-based land use survey by coding more than 200,000 parcels of land across the three coastal counties of south Mississippi. Dr. David Holt, assistant professor of geography at the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus, and 29 ...

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