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Independent Coast pharmacy expansion built on customer care and those little extras

By LISA MONTI Independent pharmacist Rudy Letellier seems to have found the right customer service formula to expand business: earn the customer’s trust, provide attentive service and offer facials, massages and ice cream. He’s gone from one busy pharmacy in Waveland to adding a second and third location in Hancock County just this year. After graduating from Ole Miss, Letellier worked ...

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Audits show maritime revenue decline for Port of Gulfport

By TED CARTER As it entered the final stages of a multi-year restoration of the Port of Gulfport, the Mississippi State Port Authority ended fiscal 2015 with a net operating loss of $11.5 million, a 2015 audit report shows. A drop of $600,000 in revenues from fiscal 2014 levels contributed to the shortfall. But the main contributor was $9.1 million in ...

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New Audubon Center adds to ecotourism attractions

By LISA MONTI  Jackson County just added a major new ecotourism attraction, the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, which opened Oct. 15 in Moss Point. Along with swamp cruises, birding excursions, kayak tours and nature trails, the center should help to attract more visitors to the state who like the experience of being in nature and who spend money doing it. ...

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Oyster season set by commissioners

By LISA MONTI For the second consecutive year, the Commission on Marine Resources put aside recommendations by the Department of Marine Resources’ scientific staff on when and where oyster harvesting should be. At the commission’s October meeting, Kelly Lucas, DMR’s chief scientist, presented the staff’s findings based on months of surveys of the oyster reefs, including sampling done by divers. Lucas ...

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READY TO ORDER LIONFISH TACO? Hunting, eating the fish may be best way to control the invasive species

By LISA MONTI If there was a contest to crown the most menacing among all the aquatic invasive species, the lionfish from Indo-Pacific waters surely would reign. In the appearance category, the lionfish is strikingly exotic, with lots of moving parts and dramatic curves. Beyond its looks, the fish has dangerous attributes. Venomous quills help keep captors and predators away. Its ...

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