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Ocean Springs chef makes James Beard list for South’s Best Chef

By LISA MONTI Chef Alex Perry, owner of the Modern American restaurant Vestige in Ocean Springs, was shocked to learn he was chosen as a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef in the South. A chef in Biloxi saw Perry’s name on the list and called him with the news that he was in the running. “You can ...

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Cure Land Company intends to build new casino in Hancock County

Cure Land Company wants to build a casino with a hotel on the beach in Lakeshore, according to the legal notice of intent to apply for a gaming license dated March 1 and published in today’s Sea Coast Echo. The company plans to develop the casino and hotel on 98.5 acres on South Beach Boulevard. The proposed project includes 40,000 ...

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Tennis enthusiasts plan unique Bay St. Louis retreat

By LISA MONTI Three tennis-loving New Orleanians want to create a new kind of resort on the Bay of St. Louis where guests can immerse themselves in the sport and also relax and recharge. Not surprisingly, the idea for the boutique resort was born three years ago on a tennis court and resulted in the formation of their company, aptly ...

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Bay attorney helps put new restaurant group together

A Coast attorney is shuttling between Bay St. Louis, Louisiana and Philadelphia, Penn., where he is helping to restructure a restaurant group founded by celebrity chef Jose Garces. Ronnie Artigues is one of the new owners who bought the Garces Restaurant Group out of bankruptcy in July and is serving as CEO of the new venture. Garces, a James Beard ...

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Coast seeks next generation of professionals

By LISA MONTI The low cost of living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast along with upgrades in some downtown districts give the coastal counties a big advantage in attracting a new generation of professionals. That’s one of the key takeaways from a new analysis commissioned by the Gulf Coast Business Council to find out how the Mississippi coast stacks up ...

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Nicaud set to open restaurant in Bay St. Louis

By LISA MONTI The Nicaud family’s restaurant group that spans the coast and dots the state is about to add a new one this spring. Chef Field Nicaud is returning to the Coast from New York to open a steak and oyster restaurant at 111 Main St. in Bay St. Louis. It’s the same space where the Old Cuevas Bistro ...

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Coast Episcopal School announces addition of middle school to Long Beach campus

By LISA MONTI mbj@msbusiness.com After five years of fact-finding and research, Coast Episcopal School in Long Beach announced the addition of a middle school that will extend the student body from toddlers through seventh and eighth graders. The two new grades will be housed in an existing building on the school’s 24-acre campus. CES officials used the occasion to announce ...

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Port of Gulfport negotiating with Turkish company on multi-million projects

By LISA MONTI mbj@msbusiness.com A Turkish company is negotiating with the Mississippi State Port Authority to lo-cate a multimillion dollar terminal operation at the Port of Gulfport. Officials with the Port Authority and YilPort Holding A.S., a subsidiary of Yildirim Holding A.S., based in Istanbul, signed a letter of intent this month to kick off the negotiations. “Yilport is promising ...

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Rocket startup signs agreement with Stennis Space Center

By LISA MONTI The first-ever Commercial Space Launch Act (CSLA) agreement between NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County and a privately funded company has been announced by Tim Ellis, CEO and co-founder of Relativity Space, an orbital launch company. The Los Angeles-based Relativity has created the world’s largest metal 3D printer to print their own rockets, and ...

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Beau Rivage charter program keeps growing with 23 percent of airport’s business

By LISA MONTI Keeping things running at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, with its 1,740 hotel rooms, 24-hour casino, 10 restaurants, award-winning golf course and other swanky amenities, is a massive operation. To ensure that the slots are spinning, the dealers stay busy and the hotel rooms are full, the MGM Resorts property has created its own air charter service ...

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