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New CEO Segarra says his priority is to understand the culture and inner workings of the Gulf Coast

By JULIA MILLER Mississippi’s beaches have long attracted tourists to the area, but with a new face at the helm of the Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, the tourism office is looking to grow its reach. “The Mississippi Gulf Coast offers an incredibly vast array of things to see and do,” said Milton Segarra, the new CEO of Visit Mississippi Gulf ...

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Gulfport woman living proof of success of new treatments for metastatic breast cancer

By BECKY GILLETTE When Freda Johnson was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2011 at the age of 41, what she read online was dismal. “It was very shocking,” said Johnson. “What I read online was that metastatic breast cancer has no cure and you die very quickly.” When Johnson had her first mammography as recommended at age 40, the scans ...

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Business park still growing after 20 years

For two decades Seaway Business Park in Gulfport has leased commercial office and warehouse space to a growing number of tenants in an expanded footprint. The developers currently are working with a major tenant to introduce its new business concept to the Mississippi Coast. Owner and developer Steve Goldin, said the thriving family-owned business opened in 1997 with 12,000 square ...

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Louisiana bank failure is costliest since financial crisis

Regulators on Friday seized New Orleans-based First NBC Bank in the costliest bank failure since the financial crisis, with cleanup costs estimated at $1 billion . The Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions handed the bank to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the fourth failure of a federally insured bank this year. Hancock Holding Co. of Gulfport, Mississippi, bought $1.6 billion in ...

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Port director confident of meeting jobs requirement

The director of Mississippi’s port authority says the port of Gulfport has created 425 of the 1,300 new jobs required in exchange for $570 million in federal assistance granted after Hurricane Katrina. Jonathan Daniels discussed the progress Tuesday at a Gulfport Chamber of Commerce meeting. The Sun Herald reports that the federal money has been used since 2008 to restore ...

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Gulfport selects Georgia firm for work on planned aquarium

Gulfport officials have chosen a Georgia firm to develop and manage the city’s planned aquarium. The Sun Herald reports that Gulfport’s city council approved the selection of Georgia-based David Kimmel and Kimmel Management Services for the work. The newspaper reports that Kimmel will serve as the aquarium consultant, providing development and project management services and operational planning. Kimmel served as ...

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Mississippi firms reap 42 percent of port contracts

By JACK WEATHERLY  About 42 percent of the dollar amount of  contracts awarded thus far in the restoration and expansion of the Port of Gulfport have gone to Mississippi-based firms. Fifteen Mississippi companies have won contracts valued at about $194 million of a total of approximately $468 million in awarded contracts, according to an analysis by the Mississippi Business Journal ...

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Port of Gulfport revenue grows with reconstruction

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Port of Gulfport continues to make progress in its recovery from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and its revenue reflects that. The port’s “net position” increased by $112.7 million as of the fiscal year ending June 30, compared with an increase of $84.6 million the previous fiscal year, according to an annual independent audit. Net position on ...

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Feds: Man faces charge in illegal sports betting case

Court records show a South Mississippi man faces prosecution in an illegal sports betting enterprise involving internet-based sports books in Costa Rica and the United States. The Sun Herald reports Kenneth Schmitt, accused of committing his crimes in Diamondhead and Biloxi, is set for an initial appearance Dec. 20 in federal court. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged Schmitt in ...

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Norovirus blamed for sickening 62 at retirement home

The illness sickening residents at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport has been identified as norovirus. Media outlets report that since Monday, 62 residents have become ill and nine have been hospitalized. Affected residents reported symptoms including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Testing by the Mississippi Department of Health has confirmed that norovirus is the illness. According to the Centers ...

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