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Travel South Showcase to roll into Mississippi

By LISA MONTI When the 36th Annual Travel South Showcase rolls into the Mississippi Coast this month, it will bring in almost 700 tour operators, journalists, travel service providers and destination market organizations from around the U.S. There will be thousands of business meetings, multiple FAM tours fanning out across the state and presentations highlighting attractions and amenities all over ...

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Wanted: Developer for NASA’s Enterprise Park in Hancock County

By LISA MONTI NASA is looking for a private sector partner to develop and operate a technology park on 1,100 federally owned acres in the northern portion of Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis. Don  Beckmeyer, NASA’s manager of strategic business development at Stennis, said the technology corridor named Enterprise Park will support future activities of commercial space transportation ...

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Paddlewheeler tours to get started on Coast

By LISA MONTI On his last day working as a Mississippi River boat captain, Michael White talked about his next career move — taking the helm of a paddle wheeler he’s bringing to the Mississippi coast this month. White and his wife, Dayna, both Gulfport natives, are the new owners of the Betsy Ann, a 85-foot stern-wheel paddlewheeler that will ...

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Photographer Alex North captures coastal beauty

By LISA MONTI Alex North is widely known for his photos that capture the beauty of sunrises and sunsets, the drama of storm clouds and lightning strikes and the graceful movement of shorebirds on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. North considers himself an advocate for the beauty of the Mississippi Gulf Coast through his photography. “The scenes I shoot are not ...

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Golf carts keep Bay St. Louis moving

By LISA MONTI Given the fact that golf carts have become such a popular way to get around Bay St. Louis, especially on sunny weekends when Old Town’s bars, restaurants and shops are in full swing, the Mississippi Coast city’s motto “A Place Apart” could easily morph into “A Place of Carts.” They’re everywhere. People drive them to work, parents ...

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Silver Slipper Casino on a roll with new amenities

By LISA MONTI A casual new seafood venue and a Caribbean-inspired pool area are the newest amenities at Silver Slipper Casino Hotel in Hancock County. The Bayou Caddy Oyster Bar and the Beach Club are the latest investments that casino owner Full House Resorts has made in Silver Slipper in the last couple of years. The $20 million  hotel opened ...

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New Ocean Springs development part of condo trend

By LISA MONTI The Thrash Group of Hattiesburg is basing its new all-inclusive condo community in Ocean Springs on similar developments thriving throughout the country. The Inlet will offer an upscale place to live along with a restaurant, shops, a clubhouse and resort-style pool, fitness center, dog park and water views with access to nature trails. “There isn’t one in ...

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Networking leads to Walmart deal for Oxford businesswoman

By LISA MONTI Oxford businesswoman Karen Kurr took her Southern-style frozen casseroles up to Bentonville, Ark., and landed a deal in her first meeting with Walmart. Starting in the fall of 2018, Kurr’s No Time 2 Cook family-size meals will be introduced in the frozen food aisles of 250 Walmarts throughout the Deep South. Kurr’s winning combination of fresh ingredients ...

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