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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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Retired police chief to leave new city role after 3 weeks

A retired Mississippi police chief appointed to act as the temporary city manager of Pascagoula has announced he’s leaving the role after less than a month. The Sun Herald reports Kenny Johnson announced his Oct. 31 retirement less than two weeks after city leaders appointed him to the role. The former Pascagoula police chief says he notified officials about his impending retirement ...

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Mississippi city residents questioning utility bill changes

A coastal Mississippi city’s residents are worrying about the growing cost and sporadic delivery of their utility bills. People in Gulfport say they’re seeing spikes in what they owe and billing cycles for water, sewer and garbage collection that cover differing lengths of time beyond the usual 30 days. Loretta Howard told The Biloxi Sun Herald that she received a $213 utility ...

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Mississippi police: Officer broke policy in fatal shooting

A Mississippi police officer recently cleared of criminal wrongdoing in a fatal shooting is facing internal discipline for failing to turn on his body camera’s audio. Moss Point police Chief Brandon Ashley says Sgt. Lancen Shipman violated policy when he didn’t turn his camera’s audio on until after he fatally shot 27-year-old suspect Toussaint Diamon Sims. Ashley says Shipman thought he’d hit the button, ...

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Mississippi announces nearly $12M for waterfront projects

Nearly $12 million from a Mississippi public trust fund will go toward waterfront projects and park improvements along the state’s Gulf Coast. Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann presented the $11.74 million from the Public Trust Tidelands fund on Wednesday. The Biloxi Sun-Herald reports the money will finance new boardwalks, boat ramps, park features, restoration initiatives, educational facilities and other ...

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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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Mississippi police arrest woman objecting to tree trimming

Police in Mississippi arrested and placed a 73-year-old woman in handcuffs who they say harassed a city tree trimmer, screaming at him to stop cutting limbs off of live oaks. The Sun Herald reports Diane Stevenson was charged with disorderly conduct following an argument at Fort Maurepas Park in Ocean Springs last week. The police report says a public works’ ...

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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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Mississippi Aquarium sets opening date in 2020

The Mississippi Aquarium is now set to open on April 30, 2020. The Sun Herald reports that the opening date for the Gulfport attraction was announced at the recent Splash Bash fundraiser for the aquarium. Aquarium supporters are aiming to raise $10 million so the aquarium can open debt-free. The aquarium will include a 360-degree tunnel where sharks, rays and ...

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