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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 in Harrison County, Hancock County and Ocean Springs, as long as it is not in glass containers. Alcohol is not permitted on Pascagoula beaches without a special events permit.

Gulf Shores decided last week to ban alcohol on beaches in its corporate limits through April 17.

Alston Evans, manager of Biloxi Beach Jet Ski Rentals, told WLOX he things the Gulf Shores ban will bring him more business.

“I think anytime you take away something from the people, they’re going to be upset about it. I think their loss is our gain,” Evans said.

“You can come to Biloxi, ride some jet skis, barbecue, crack a few beers, have a good time and we’ll take them as they come,” said Evans.

“Everybody’s fixing to come here,” said Shawn Miller, a spring breaker from Arkansas.

The sentiment isn’t limited to college students. Greg Augsburger is a father of two from Illinois enjoying spring break in Biloxi.

“I’m tired of all the bans anyway. That’s all we seem to do in the United States anymore is just ban everything,” said Augsburger.


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