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Waveland looks to boardwalk, marina to bring back Coleman Avenue

By LISA MONTI Coleman Avenue, the historic heart of Waveland’s retail district, was wiped out by Hurricane Katrina, and after 15 years, the first few blocks of the low-lying street remain vacant. City officials led by Mayor Mike Smith are working to bring businesses and people back to Coleman Avenue with what they call a bold new plan centered around ...

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Business owners turn to financial advisors to stay afloat

By LISA MONTI In a matter of weeks, businesses from Main Street to shopping malls were facing major disruption as the coronavirus pandemic began unfolding. Owners responded by cutting back operations, closing or adapting to new ways of operating, mainly online, to try to manage. Now, financial help is available in the form of loans, and some business owners are ...

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LAW SCHOOLS — How are college closings impacting graduating lawyers and accountants?

By LISA MONTI Weeks before college students were set to graduate and enter the workforce to begin their careers, the pandemic upended the remainder of the school year and beyond. For students studying law and accounting in the state’s colleges and universities, classes were shifted online as campuses closed and students returned home. Administrators quickly adopted new grading systems and ...

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Mississippi nonprofits finding new ways to help communities

By LISA MONTI Organizations and nonprofits working to help community members of all ages are working remotely as they try to maintain contact during this stay-at-home pandemic. The arrangements aren’t ideal but managers say they’re making good use of technology to carry out their missions. The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Hancock County  work with abused and neglected children in ...

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Waveland manufacturer pivots from storefronts to face shields

By LISA MONTI Infinity-AP, the custom storefront fabrication company in Waveland that manufactures custom storefronts for major retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secret and the PINK chain of stores, is now manufacturing face shields for medical workers. The production of the face shield – both the bracket that attaches to the head and the shield itself – began ...

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MBJ FOCUS: State’s tourism tumbles amid pandemic

By LISA MONTI The year started out on an upbeat note for the Coast’s tourism industry. The visitor numbers for January and February were the best in four years, and March was on track to continue the trend. Nearly $750 million worth of projects including upscale hotels and the Mississippi Aquarium were on the verge of opening. Coastal Mississippi, the ...

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Small businesses get creative to keep going

By LISA MONTI Small business owners in coastal Mississippi are getting creative with how they’re responding to the ever-changing conditions they suddenly find themselves operating in. Keeping their employees and their customers safe is top of their minds, along with keeping their businesses running. Midtown Pharmacy & Gifts in Bay St. Louis is using the parking lot to accommodate customers ...

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Mississippi-owned honey biz creating quite the buzz

By LISA MONTI Joshua Reeves started on the path to beekeeping about 10 years ago in Ohio, where he and his wife bought a two-acre “hobby farm.” That’s a farm with chickens and such, “but not enough to make a living off of,” Reeves said. The Lucedale native, who has a business management degree, was making an actual living as ...

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New hotel set for February opening in D’Iberville

The new Hampton Inn & Suites in D’Iberville has a target opening date of Feb. 20, when it will unveil the newest design of the popular Hilton brand to the city. The four story, 89 room property in the Promenade Shopping Center is steps away from another Hilton hotel, the Home 2 Suites, which has been open for seven years. ...

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U.S. 90 corridor attracting business in Hancock County

By LISA MONTI There’s been a string of new businesses opening in the past year or so on the section of U.S. 90 that runs through Bay St. Louis and Waveland. Starting near the foot of the Bay Bridge and stretching to the outskirts of Waveland, doors have opened on new antique shops, restaurants and health care and fitness facilities ...

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