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Margaritaville Resort Biloxi debuts Thursday

The new Margaritaville Resort Biloxi opens Thursday with arcade games, zip lines, restaurants and a water park. The Sun Herald reports it’s billed as the largest family entertainment center on the Gulf Coast. Kids will swoop overhead on the indoor zip line roller coaster. Like a roller coaster, it starts with a climb, and like a zip line, it’s a ...

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Louisiana firm receives Mississippi aquarium contract

The Gulfport Redevelopment Commission plans to hire a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, firm to market The Mississippi Aquarium, slated to for a downtown space across from Jones Park. Commission Chairwoman Carole Lynn Meadows tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/24Vun9j) MESH Integrated Marketing and Advertising scored highest of six finalists. “We tried to look at all the proposals fairly to see what the ...

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Port of Gulfport talks with potential major tenant

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Port of Gulfport is in talks with what would be its largest tenant in terms of leased space. SeaOne Gulfport LLC is proposing a $450 million liquified natural gas facility, according to port Executive Director Jonathan Daniels. The 36-acre site would be part of the port expanded since Hurricane Katrina as part of $566 million from ...

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Walnut Grove mayor: Prison closure could cripple town

The mayor of Walnut Grove says the state’s closure of a private prison could be crippling for his town. The Mississippi Department of Corrections announced Friday that it would close the privately run Walnut Grove Correctional Facility in September and transfer its 900 inmates to state-run facilities. Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher. The prison is the town’s largest employer. Walnut Grove ...

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Mossy Oak: A middle market success story

By JACK WEATHERLY  Toxey Haas knew there had to be a better way to hunt. So in 1986 he started a company whose name is now almost synonymous with hunting – Mossy Oak. The West Point company started with two patterns – Bottomland and Hill Country – and has expanded that to more than 25 camouflage patterns. Along with that, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Republicans own malfunction of state government

Republicans now dominate state government and own its performance.   Since 2004, the governor’s office has been held by a Republican. Governors make most appointments to executive boards and agencies in Mississippi.   Lieutenant governors and speakers of the house make a limited number of appointments to Mississippi agency boards. Since 2002, a Republican has made every lieutenant governor appointment. ...

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SBA Small Business Person of the Year helps other veterans find success starting a small business

By BECKY GILLETTE Mike Pornovets, owner of Everything Kayak (www.everythingkayak.com) on the Gulf Coast, started paddling when he was only about 11. But what he likes most about his business that he launched on Sept. 10, 2011, isn’t that he gets to be involved promoting a sport that he loves. What he likes the most is creating jobs. Pornovets, the 2016 ...

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