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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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New CVB targets trash, blighted property to boost tourism

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Members of the new Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau are developing a vision and plan to increase tourism, starting in part by cleaning up South Mississippi. John McFarland, Tourism Partnership chairman, says a report presented by members of the Gulf Coast Regional Tourism Partnership showed the No. 1 negative perception of tourists is the ...

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Rebuilding piers, bulkheads and bridges is Vancleave company's niche

Building piers, bulkheads and bridges is a construction specialty that’s a good match for Mississippi’s coastal counties where there’s boating and fishing as recreation and business and roadways must cross bodies of water. Parnell Construction, based in Vancleave, stays busy with this niche construction. The company recently completed the $270,000 Magnolia Street bird-watching pier in Pascagoula and has the Lowery ...

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TURNER: Even hurricanes couldn't keep Christi and Mike Alise down

Talking to Christi and Mike Alise, president and vice president of Gulf Coast Produce, one is led to marvel at just what determination, teamwork, and dedication can achieve. The Alises have been in the produce business for most of their adult lives, having grown up in Louisiana and then moving to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1995 to take on ...

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