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Mississippi Aquarium spurs development in downtown Gulfport

By LISA MONTI The $93 million Mississippi Aquarium is coming out of the ground on the East Beach service road in Gulfport, on track to open late this year or by early 2020. The attraction is expected to draw as many as 500,000 visitors a year and generate $340 million in annual revenue. It’s also gotten the attention of  developers, ...

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Renovation will turn former library into public transit hub

A former library on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is being turned into a public transit center. WLOX-TV reports the transformation of the old Harrison County Library in Gulfport should be complete by January, before the Mississippi Aquarium opens next door. Coast Transit Authority executive director Kevin Coggin says the $9 million renovation got off to a slow start. Officials had ...

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Ambassadors visit Mississippi in program to build ties

More than three dozen ambassadors from countries on four continents are on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They’re part of a federal government program that brings international diplomats to different parts of the United States. The State Department’s Experience America program is designed to help diplomats learn about the country and to help local groups develop global partnerships including investment and ...

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Gulfport-Biloxi to Austin, Ft. Myers flights to be offered

MBJ staff Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport will offer flights to Austin, Texas and Fort Myers, Fla., starting July 19. One-way fares start at $59, according to carrier Sun Country Airlines. Service will last through Dec. 16. “We appreciate the expanded partnership with Sun Country Airlines and look forward to having service to these rapidly growing markets,” said Gulfport Executive Director Clay ...

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Mississippi Gulf Coast city considers $45M harbor expansion

A Mississippi Gulf Coast city is considering a $45 million expansion of its small craft harbor, aiming to better shelter it from storms. WLOX-TV reports Long Beach would like to expand its harbor 500 feet southward into the Mississippi Sound to provide better protection. Mayor George Bass says the number of boat slips wouldn’t increase, but some individual slips might ...

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Mississippi regulators approve site for 13th casino

The Mississippi Gaming Commission has approved the site for another casino along the Gulf Coast. News outlets reported regulators voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a location in Long Beach for its first casino. The regulators met in Long Beach in November and delayed action to give them more time to study the plan. Developer James Parrish and his investors must ...

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Government shutdown leaves Mississippi’s NASA employees, contractors without pay

By LISA MONTI NASA’s name is on Stennis Space Center’s front gate but nobody in the space agency is working inside its sprawling facility in Hancock County. NASA employees and their contractors haven’t been on the payroll since the partial government shutdown began Dec. 22. Phone calls to offices go to voice mail and some parking lots are empty. The ...

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Jeff Davis’s last home looking for executive director

The board of directors for Jefferson Davis’s last home has hired a company to find a new executive director for the attraction in Mississippi. Beauvoir’s (BOH-vwahrz) development and programs director, Kitsaa Stevens, says Pace Employment Agency hopes to start interviews in January. Stevens tells WLOX-TV visitation numbers are up at the Biloxi (bih-LUX-ee) attraction, and an executive director is needed ...

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Group: Tourism has good year on Mississippi coast

A tourism group reports that 2019 looks promising for the Mississippi coast. Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast says that room reservations were up for 2018 and group bookings look strong heading into 2019. The Sun Herald reported the group bookings are for business meeting and sports teams visiting places like the Gulfport Sportsplex. Milton Segarra with Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast said ...

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City to get road money anew after completing missing audits

A south Mississippi city is in line for millions of dollars in road money after it cleared up accounting problems. WDAM-TV reports that the Mississippi Department of Transportation notified the city of Hattiesburg Friday that its suspension for failing to turn in audits has been lifted. The suspension began in 2017 after Hattiesburg didn’t turn in a 2016 audit. Mayor ...

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