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Algal bloom cost Mississippi Coast tourism $4.1 million in June, July

By JACK WEATHERLY Beaches on the Mississippi Gulf Coast were given the green light earlier this month after a summer-long shutdown of coastal waters were declared free of  harmful algal bloom caused by an influx of fresh water from upstream flooding. The good news follows a loss of $4.1 million, or 3 percent to 8 percent, in room revenue for ...

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Shearwater Pottery still selling affordable art after 91 years

By BECKY GILLETTE A small business institution in Ocean Springs, Shearwater Pottery, has been drawing visitors from far and wide now for 91 years since it was founded by what might be considered the “first family” of Ocean Springs, the Andersons. The painter Walter Anderson earned considerable fame for his nature drawings and artwork such as decorating pottery and the ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Art is in the eye of the beholder

M[/dropcap]y wife loves art museums. I love car shows. We agree that art can be found in both places. We also agree that car shows and auto-related events can be an excellent way to attract visitors to a community. Car shows and classic car events are growing in popularity.  No doubt that the Baby Boomer generation’s love for nostalgia is ...

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Mississippi band plays impromptu show from hot air balloon

A Mississippi band playing at Natchez’s annual hot air balloon festival played an impromptu concert from a balloon soaring above the festival site. Two members of hometown band Bishop Gunn went for their first ride in a hot air balloon Saturday. To celebrate the occasion, the Natchez Democrat reports that lead singer Travis McCready and guitarist Drew Smithers played a guitar and ...

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Mississippi Tourism Association honors Greenwood mayor

Greenwood Mayor Carolyn McAdams was recognized with the Governmental Tourism Leadership Award. In Leflore County, travel and tourism expenditures by visitors in Fiscal Year 2018 totaled $50.8 million. There are 750 people employed in tourism-related jobs, and Tourism in Greenwood generated over $4 million in state and local taxes.

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Bacteria found in Mississippi waters prompts beach closure

Environmental officials in Mississippi are warning beachgoers that some coastal swimming areas will be closed after bacteria were found in the water. The state Environmental Quality Department announced Thursday that enterococcus bacteria have been found along a west Gulfport shore, posing an increased risk of illness. The Sun Herald reports that waters are closed from Marie Avenue to Camp Avenue. ...

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Coastal Mississippi wins 2019 ConventionSouth Readers’ Choice Award

Coastal Mississippi was honored with a 2019 Readers’ Choice Award, presented by the publishers and editors of ConventionSouth, the national multimedia resource for planning events in the South. Since the award’s creation in 2001, this is the seventh time that Coastal Mississippi has received this award and it is one of only 15 total winners in the state of Mississippi. ...

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Cruisin’ the Coast to rev up economy

By LISA MONTI In its 23rd year, Cruisin’ the Coast is a tourism juggernaut that reliably revs up the coast economy during what used to be a slow season. This year’s classic car party, which celebrates vehicles 1989 and older, is expected to be another record breaker when Cruisin’ rolls across the three coastal counties Oct. 6-13 Car owners had ...

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Chawla brothers split motel chain in wake of arrest

By JACK WEATHERLY One of two brothers who jointly owned and operated a growing chain of motels in the Mississippi Delta announced Wednesday that he has formed a new management group, Delta Lodging Group LLC. Suresh Chawla said in a news release that the new group will be composed of 12 properties. That leaves seven unaccounted for, not including a ...

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Jackson honored at the 2019 MTA Governor’s Conference on Tourism

The Mississippi Tourism Association (MTA) recognized the impact and accomplishments of the state’s tourism industry at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism held at the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus on Sept. 22-24, 2019. As a top honor, Rickey Thigpen, Executive Director/CEO of Visit Jackson, was awarded MTA Member of the Year. As a Jackson native, Thigpen has served Visit Jackson ...

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