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MBJ FOCUS: State’s tourism tumbles amid pandemic

By LISA MONTI The year started out on an upbeat note for the Coast’s tourism industry. The visitor numbers for January and February were the best in four years, and March was on track to continue the trend. Nearly $750 million worth of projects including upscale hotels and the Mississippi Aquarium were on the verge of opening. Coastal Mississippi, the ...

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Small businesses get creative to keep going

By LISA MONTI Small business owners in coastal Mississippi are getting creative with how they’re responding to the ever-changing conditions they suddenly find themselves operating in. Keeping their employees and their customers safe is top of their minds, along with keeping their businesses running. Midtown Pharmacy & Gifts in Bay St. Louis is using the parking lot to accommodate customers ...

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Memorial Hospital closes onsite operations to the public

In a press release, Memorial Hospital in Gulfport says that to protect its staff, visitors and community and minimize the spread of illness, it is closing onsite operations. Alternatives for requests or communication are as follows:  Health Information Management (Medical Records): Patients seeking access to medical records from any Memorial location can call the Release of Information Hotline at (228) 865-3172 ...

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CMR meeting canceled for March 17 in Hancock County

The meeting of the state Commission on Marine Resources, which was scheduled for Tuesday in Hancock County, has been canceled. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and ...

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NEZAT: Coast condo market is a more secure investment

By LYNN LOFTON The condominium market on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is alive and well. No high rise buildings have been constructed recently, but sales for the existing units are steady and there is some non-high rise construction underway. The realtors interviewed agree that the most-in-demand location is on or overlooking the beach. “The last condo we constructed on the ...

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Columbus ship replicas sail into Mississippi harbor

Replicas of Christopher Columbus’ Niña and Pinta have arrived along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, sailing into a Biloxi harbor as spectators aimed their phones out to the horizon. About a dozen spectators lined a pier Wednesday as the ships arrived. Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on the Niña on his three voyages of discovery to the New World beginning in ...

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Gulf Coast transplant finds ‘dream’ work at Stennis Space Center

Dorothy Brown readily acknowledges that she loves a challenge. The fact that she is continuing to build on a two-decade career of work at Stennis Space Center is clear evidence of her determination to overcome. Twenty years ago, Brown was married and newly arrived to the Mississippi Gulf Coast area, looking for a place to work. She was quickly told ...

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Stennis Space Center provides perfect fit for space-focused scientist

Lauren Underwood was a long way from her native North Caldwell, New Jersey, residing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, when her two children were born. To make friends, she joined a baby group, and one of the moms in the group was married to a NASA employee at Stennis Space Center. Underwood was thrilled to learn this fact, since she ...

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Mississippi-owned honey biz creating quite the buzz

By LISA MONTI Joshua Reeves started on the path to beekeeping about 10 years ago in Ohio, where he and his wife bought a two-acre “hobby farm.” That’s a farm with chickens and such, “but not enough to make a living off of,” Reeves said. The Lucedale native, who has a business management degree, was making an actual living as ...

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3 running in special election for new mayor of Pascagoula

Three candidates are competing to replace a Mississippi mayor who moved into another elected position. The special election in Pascagoula is Feb. 11. Republican Mayor Dane Maxwell was elected in November to the three-person Mississippi Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities. He stepped down from the city job before he the other commissioners began their term this month. Three candidates ...

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