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Officials hope to attract more visitors, extend their stays with program reboot

By LISA MONTI The state’s six coastal counties were designated as the Mississippi Gulf Coast Natural Heritage Area in 2004 to attract visitors and encourage economic growth by promoting the region’s history, culture and natural resources. Recently, officials announced the reboot of the program’s marketing efforts by un-veiling a new website, logo and video to attract more visitors and extend their ...

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Award-winning landscape architect discovered passion for career early

Christian Preus, who grew up in the small Mississippi Delta town of Webb, found his professional calling when he was just a high school student in Clarksdale. “I discovered landscape architecture and felt it was a great fit for me,” he said. What appealed to Preus most was the diversity of the profession, and how “I could have opportunities to ...

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Cities gain national accreditation

The following Main Street communities in Mississippi have been designated as accredited Main Street America programs for meeting standards set by the National Main Street Center: Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Canton, Carthage, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, Crystal Springs, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, Houston, Indianola, Kosciusko, Laurel, Louisville/Noxapater, Macon, Meridian, New Albany, Ocean Springs, ...

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Ocean Springs looking at bringing Uber to the city

OCEAN SPRINGS — Ocean Springs officials are looking at bringing Uber to their city. Even a member of the city’s Economic Development Council says he can’t get a taxi in under 30 minutes. The Sun Herald reports the council meeting Monday afternoon will work on how the city can get Uber in town. The focus: How city taxi laws might ...

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Ocean Springs retirement investor seeks delay in fraud trial

GULFPORT — The attorney for an Ocean Springs retirement investor accused of taking more than $1 million of his clients’ money is asking to postpone trial because of plea negotiations. The Sun Herald reports a federal grand jury indicted Eduardo Diaz in October on four counts of investor fraud and two counts of wire fraud. He was set for trial ...

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Early plans approved for townhouses in Ocean Springs

OCEAN SPRINGS — A developer has received an early approval from Ocean Springs aldermen for a townhouse project on Front Beach that received approval from the Planning Commission. Lee Brumfield is proposing 41 individual townhouses on 5.6 acres. Before Katrina, the acreage held a 112-unit apartment complex. The Sun Herald reports Wednesday the new project would be a zero lot ...

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Ocean Springs aldermen approve short-term rentals

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Ocean Spring Board of Aldermen has adopted a short-term rental ordinance. The Sun Herald reports the law brings into regulation the growing business of people renting out homes on a short-term basis, and charging higher rates than for monthly renters. It’s a law that will give these businesses a permit, a business license and a tax ...

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Mississippi cities finding their place for growth

By LYNN LOFTON  Cleveland, Water Valley, Tupelo, Columbus, Bay St. Louis, Natchez, Vicksburg, Ocean Springs — what do these Mississippi cities have in common? These are some of the municipalities that are good examples of the Main Street concept of placemaking. Public spaces in these towns have a real sense of place. They are designed to attract and serve people, ...

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Aldermen stuck: No police chief yet for Ocean Springs

OCEAN SPRINGS — Ocean Springs leaders appear to be stuck in the process of selecting a new police chief. The Sun Herald reports the Board of Aldermen and mayor interviewed the candidates — interim Chief Mark Dunston and four captains — earlier this month and the board was expected to vote on a chief Tuesday night. Instead they went into ...

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