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Coast sees more jobs for ‘fragile’ recovery

Christmas sales figures are still anybody’s guess, but new employment numbers for the Mississippi Coast show job growth. That’s the bottom line in the Gulf Coast Business Council’s Economy Snapshot for December, said Scott King, the director of policy and research who puts the numbers together and sorts out what they mean. “The latest job numbers confirm that we’ve added ...

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Investor group is taking it one project at a time

Twenty successful Biloxi businesswomen have pooled their money and talents to buy old buildings in downtown Biloxi and rehabilitate them for retail or residential spaces. Their goal: To give downtown a much deserved facelift and to spark more retail and tourism activity. In less than two years, the women investors who make up Rue Vieux, LLC are already making their ...

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New Orleans developers look to Bay St. Louis ties

New Orleans developers Jim and Catherine MacPhaille are counting on the strong ties between Bay St. Louis and the Big Easy to attract buyers for their new beachfront project playfully named The Recess Club. It’s seven houses on six acres with shared recreational amenities geared toward quick family getaways. Several years ago the couple bought an 1800s plantation under renovation ...

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Oyster harvesting underway

State regulators opened oyster season Nov. 5, a bit later than normal this year with a fair amount of caution after Mississippi River flooding last year kept the season to a paltry six days of tonging only. The season normally runs from October through April, even beyond with ideal conditions. This year the Department of Marine Resources gave the go-ahead ...

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Carville, Matalin agree on new home in Bay St. Louis

The property that so many Bay St. Louis residents knew as New Orleans musician Pete Fountain’s place now belongs to a couple well known for their politics. Political commentators and consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin have bought the Beach Boulevard property and plan to build a home there starting early next year. It will be a getaway for the ...

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Bringing back Bay Town Inn

The couple who is resurrecting the landmark Bay Town Inn on the beachfront here hopes to be welcoming guests by midsummer 2013. Nikki and John Moon celebrated the inn’s ground-breaking Oct. 19 with city officials and well wishers who joined in a champagne toast to the long-awaited project. “It’s been three years since I applied for grant money,” Nikki Moon ...

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