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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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Condos coming to Bay St. Louis beachfront

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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Hotel to open Aug. 18 at District at Eastover

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Marriott Residence Inn will open on Aug. 18, marking the completion of the second major aspect of the 585,000-square-foot District at Eastover mixed-use development in Jackson. The four-story hotel’s 95 suites will have separate sleeping and living areas and are designed for business travelers and others needing an extended stay. It will also have a swimming ...

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No casino, but Margaritaville Resort Biloxi provides an ‘escape’ and more

By NASH NUNNERY Once…twice…three times a resort. Margaritaville Resort Biloxi, to be exact. With Biloxi mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich in attendance, the highly anticipated ‘coastal-luxe’ resort opened June 23 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and signature margarita toast. “This development means so much to Biloxi and the Gulf Coast on so many levels,” said Gilich. “It transforms a site that had been ...

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Houston voters approve tourism tax

Houston voters have approved a tourism tax by a roughly 50-vote margin. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports voters cast 435 ballots Tuesday for the proposed 2 percent tax and 196 voted against it for a 68.93 percent margin for the measure. The revenue referendum needed 60 percent approval to pass. This was Houston’s second attempt to pass the tax ...

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Massive rocket booster arrives at Mississippi space museum

A massive rocket booster that never made it to space instead made its way Tuesday to Mississippi’s Infinity Science Center after a carefully orchestrated days-long move over land and water from New Orleans. The rocket booster was part of the Saturn V rocket used to support the Apollo moon program. This particular piece of equipment was intended for the Apollo ...

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Mission S-IC: NASA Saturn V moon rocket stage moving to Mississippi

More than four decades after its mission to the moon was canceled, NASA’s last-assembled Saturn V rocket stage has been launched on a journey to become a roadside attraction. “We are putting it on display along Interstate 10, one of the most heavily traveled interstates in the country. People will be able to see it as they enter Mississippi from ...

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Mississippi hotel group racing to become major player

By JACK WEATHERLY A whippet is a small racing dog related to the greyhound. It seems a fitting image for MY Hospitality Investments LLC, whose top officers hail from Kosciusko, where the high school mascot is the whippet. President and Chief Executive Chico Patel, 34, said that in the past seven years, MY Hospitality has built 35 hotels, with 22 ...

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NY’s Mississippi Picnic in The Park cancelled over anti-gay law

Mississippi Picnic in New York’s Central Park, a major showcase for the state, won’t be held this year, say organizers, attributing the cancellation to the state’s “unfortunate adoption” of a religion-focused law allowing discrimination against gay people and others. This would have been the 37th year for the picnic sponsored by the New York-Mississippi Society. The event held each June ...

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Dems seek to undo Mississippi anti-gay law, but likely to fail

More than a dozen Democratic lawmakers are calling for repeal of an incoming Mississippi law that will let workers cite religious beliefs to deny services to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. But, the Democrats are unlikely to succeed because filing a new bill this late in a legislative session requires a high margin of support in a Legislature where ...

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