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Expect selection of new Jackson airports board right after bill signing

By TED CARTER The author of the successful Senate bill to transfer control of Jackson’s airports to a state board with metro-wide representation expects appointments to the new board will begin soon after Gov. Phil Bryant signs the bill. “I would assume that they will appoint right away,” said Sen. Josh Harkins, a Flowood Republican whose bill, SB 2162, led ...

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Will Gulf Shores beach booze ban bring breakers to Miss.?

Some college students are telling a Mississippi Gulf Coast television station that a ban on alcohol at a popular Alabama beach destination will bring more spring breakers to Mississippi. WLOX interviewed students, the operator of a jet ski business and others who think the Gulf Shore alcohol ban could help Mississippi’s spring beach business. Alcohol is allowed on the beaches ...

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Museum carves a niche for Delta in global music

By JACK WEATHERLY  CLEVELAND – The $20 million Grammy Museum Mississippi has begun carving a niche for itself in the global music industry. Several hundred well-wishers joined government and recording industry officials beneath flawless blue Delta skies Saturday to celebrate the opening, or just being alive. The 28,000-square-foot museum had been alive the day before with last-minute tweaks to the ...

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Natchez aldermen to hear Eola Hotel appeal

NATCHEZ — Developers of the former Eola Hotel building are expected to appear before the Natchez Board of Aldermen on Tuesday. Interim City Planner Riccardo Giani and the Natchez Planning Commission denied renovation plans for the first floor of the hotel last month. The developers, including the building’s owner, Robert Lubin, hope to renovate the historic hotel into upscale senior ...

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Gulfport seeks hotel developer for new aquarium plans

GULFPORT — The city of Gulfport is moving ahead with plans for a destination aquarium on a downtown property it owns. The Sun Herald reports that the city’s urban development agency, the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission, is requesting proposals from developers by June 3 for a hotel on the property. The hotel would have to have a minimum of 120 rooms, ...

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JRA selects EDT as top choice for convention hotel developer

By TED CARTER Washington, D.C.-based Engineering Design Technologies has been named the preferred developer for a downtown Jackson convention center hotel. The selection of EDT’s $75.5 million proposal came at Wednesday’s meeting of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, capping a request for proposals process that began last spring. EDT and its local team, Mississippi Developers LLC, beat out Red Leaf Development of ...

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MDA names temporary replacements to key positions

MBJ staff In the wake of two departures this week, Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr., has named two members of the agency as temporary replacements. Daron Wilson is the interim director of Visit Mississippi, and Jeff Rent has taken the role of interim chief marketing officer. Wilson replaces restaurateur Mal White, who held the position since 2012, ...

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New Audubon Center adds to ecotourism attractions

By LISA MONTI  Jackson County just added a major new ecotourism attraction, the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, which opened Oct. 15 in Moss Point. Along with swamp cruises, birding excursions, kayak tours and nature trails, the center should help to attract more visitors to the state who like the experience of being in nature and who spend money doing it. ...

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Grand opening of restored Round Island Lighthouse Friday

PASCAGOULA — After 15 years of work, the completely restored Round Island Lighthouse will open to the public with a grand opening ceremony Friday. During the past week, The Mississippi Press reports workers have completed the seatwall which surrounds the base of the lighthouse and have been installing a patio in the shape of a rose compass, as well as ...

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