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No tax increase in Biloxi this year, but several budget cuts


Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says it’s safe to say there won’t be any tax increase in the budget year that starts Oct. 1, but finances will be tight. On Tuesday, the police and fire departments cut about $800,000 from their budgets. On Thursday, Parks and Recreation Director Sherry Bell said she reduced her budget by $216,000, mostly by cutting ...

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Developer plans condo-hotel on Bay St. Louis beachfront


By LISA MONTI A condo-hotel development on Court Street at Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis has conceptual approval from the Historic Preservation Committee and is awaiting the city’s final approval before its developer can start construction. Charles Webb, the owner, developed several properties in the Florida Panhandle before moving back to his hometown of Gulfport. Bay St. Louis has seen ...

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Pascagoula will vote restaurant tax to promote recreation


Pascagoula voters will decide next week whether to add a 2 percent restaurant tax that would fund citywide recreation. Stan Flint, a marketing expert hired to get Tuesday’s referendum passed, tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/2biuPtH) the biggest proponents of the tax on restaurant and fast-food bills are the parents and recreation-league presidents who want to see improvement to ballfields. He ...

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City of Biloxi takes state to court over rent payment

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Attorneys for the city of Biloxi are headed to court trying to collect more than $1 million owed to the city in rent paid by the Golden Nugget Casino Biloxi and inadvertently swept into the general fund by the state Legislature last year. The Sun Herald reports Thursday’s hearing will be before Judge Jennifer Schloegel. Biloxi, the Secretary of State, ...

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Biloxi to join lawsuit seeking more oil spill money


Biloxi plans to join a class-action lawsuit against other companies besides BP that were involved in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The Sun Herald reports that the City Council on Tuesday hired attorneys to file a claim in a class-action lawsuit under the HESI/Transocean Settlement Program. The newspaper reports that potential claims will be filed against Halliburton Energy ...

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Gulfport casino developers get site approval

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Site approval for a proposed casino at the Gulfport Harbor now is in the name of Gulfport Gaming Development. Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Gaming Commission, tells The Sun Herald the company went before the Mississippi Gaming Commission on Thursday in Jackson and was granted site approval. The request for site approval was pulled off the agenda in July ...

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Over $235K embezzled from Pink Heart Fund


The founder of a nonprofit group that provides wigs for cancer patients said she was devastated when a bank teller told her the Pink Heart Funds account of $235,000 had been wiped out. JoAn Nicely tells The Sun Herald it was a blow to learn the woman suspected of embezzling the money is a volunteer who had proven herself to ...

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First Chiquita ship rolls into State Port


It was an evening of firsts on the West Pier of the State Port of Gulfport. The Sun Herald reports the first Chiquita ship rolled in Monday almost two years after the fruit company severed its 40-year tenancy at the port for a berth in New Orleans. Chiquita will be the first use of the state port’s new cranes that ...

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Condos coming to Bay St. Louis beachfront

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By LISA MONTI It took developer Chet LeBlanc 11 years, but his nine-unit Front Street Inn condo development on North Beach Boulevard in historic Old Town Bay St. Louis is set to break ground this month. “This will be first place where you can own property downtown and live their full-time if you choose to,” LeBlanc said. The original project, which ...

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Root beer heirs battle over finances


A Mississippi family famous for its role in Gulf Coast soft drink history is now involved in a $1 million legal battle. Lou Ella Barq claims in a lawsuit that she is in financial straits because her son and his wife siphoned off more than $1 million she inherited from her husband. She is the widow of William Adolph Barq, ...

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