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Coastal Cleanup nets 7.5 tons of marine litter

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources reports that more than 1,260 volunteers took part in a cleanup effort on Mississippi’s beaches and waterways. Saturday’s cleanup took place at 49 designated sites during the 25th annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup. In a news release, the department said Sunday that the 1,266 volunteers picked up 934 bags of trash. ...

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Federal shutdown at end, but too late for Gulf Islands cleanup

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Even though the federal shutdown has ended, Gulf Islands National Seashore is not participating in this Saturday’s Mississippi Coastal Cleanup. Yesterday, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources sent out a news release about the barrier islands being closed for the cleanup. Despite the federal government being reopened late yesterday, the islands will remain closed and will ...

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State buys more property on Gulf island for $8M

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The state of Mississippi has bought 217 more acres of Cat Island to set aside for public use. About one-third of Cat Island is part of the National Park Service’s Gulf Islands National Seashore and BP purchased about one-third of the island following the 2010 oil spill from the Boddie family, which also owned the 217-acre ...

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Judge tosses lawsuit over ferry's operating hours

VICKSBURG — A lawsuit challenging how many hours the Kings Point Ferry operates each day has been thrown out by a judge. The Vicksburg Post reports the lawsuit was M&M Property, L.P.’s third attempt in 15 years to force Warren County to keep the vessel open 15-1/2 hours daily. Chancery Judge Ray Montgomery, appointed by the state Supreme Court to ...

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Commission rejects proposal for Deer Island development

BILOXI — The Biloxi Planning Commission has rejected a proposed development on the west end of Deer Island. The Sun Herald reports the commission recommended denial of a zoning change. The issue next goes to the Biloxi City Council for a decision. Larry Mitrenga has proposed the Oasis at Deer Island. Mitrenga has described the resort with eight three-story buildings, ...

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