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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

Tupelo was an early state leader in this movement when it received a grant in 1999 to develop Fairpark on what was once the county fairgrounds and extend the connection between downtown and Elvis Presley's birthplace. Fair Park incorporates businesses, restaurants, entertainment, retail shops and hotels. This view is from the rooftop of the Park Heights Restaurant.

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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4 Jackson County cities support hotel-motel tax

JACKSON COUNTY — Officials in Moss Point, Pascagoula, Gautier and Ocean Springs have given the needed approval for Jackson County’s proposed November referendum on a 2 percent hotel-motel occupancy occupancy tax. The Sun-Herald reports the tax would raise $600,000 to $700,000 a year to fund Jackson County’s part for membership in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. ...

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Ocean Springs doctor named district health officer

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi State Department of Health has named an Ocean Springs pediatrician as the replacement for longtime District IX Health Officer Robert Travnicek, who retired in 2013. The Sun Herald reports D’Ette Lorio will serve has as the district health officer for Pearl River, Stone, George, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. Lorio will transition from practicing as ...

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Katrina whistleblower case set for arguments

JACKSON — State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has appealed an order that it pay legal fees and damages of $3 million in a whistleblower lawsuit. A jury in Mississippi found the insurer defrauded the government in a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for Feb. 5 in New Orleans. Sisters Cori ...

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Precision is hallmark of Ocean Springs optics maker

Fred Ferson, an amateur telescope and prism maker, was able to parlay his hobby and the knowledge he gained from it into a business in the late 1940s that has prospered into its third generation of family ownership. Ferson Optics started out in a shop over Loveless Drug Store in the heart of Ocean Springs. Early on, workers polished and ...

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Communities awarded national Main Street accreditation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Main Street Association has designated cities as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. The cities are Aberdeen, Corinth, Pascagoula, Amory, Greenville, Philadelphia, Baldwyn, Greenwood, Picayune, Batesville, Gulfport, Pontotoc, Belhaven, Hattiesburg, Ripley, Biloxi, Hernando, Senatobia, Booneville, Indianola, Starkville, Canton, Kosciusko, Tunica, Carthage, ...

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MDEQ raises water contact advisory for Coast beach

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a water contact advisory that was issued February 20 for a beach monitoring station in Ocean Springs. The advisory has been raised for Station 17-St. Andrews Beach. Water samples at this station show the area has attained acceptable bacteria levels.

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