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Officials hope to attract more visitors, extend their stays with program reboot

By LISA MONTI The state’s six coastal counties were designated as the Mississippi Gulf Coast Natural Heritage Area in 2004 to attract visitors and encourage economic growth by promoting the region’s history, culture and natural resources. Recently, officials announced the reboot of the program’s marketing efforts by un-veiling a new website, logo and video to attract more visitors and extend their ...

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Papa Murphy’s wants to expand in Mississippi markets

By LISA MONTI The Papa Murphy’s pizza chain, which sells fresh, hand-crafted pizzas that cus-tomers bake at home, is looking to expand in the Jackson area and in other Missis-sippi markets. The Oregon-based Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. was founded in 1981 and operates more than 1,500 franchises and corporate fresh pizza stores across the country and in Canada and the United ...

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Rezoning near Margaritaville could cost Coast millions

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the Mississippi Gulf Coast will lose millions of dollars in tax revenue if Biloxi’s proposal to rezone 20 acres of waterfront property where Margaritaville developers want to build a $140 million expansion. Hosemann says rezoning the property and leasing it for only $2 per square-foot would result in the Coast losing $25 million. Local ...

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Gulfport hopes rule change means more downtown dwellers

If you want to live in downtown Gulfport, the city hopes to make it easier. Builders until now have needed permission from the Planning Commission for homes or apartments downtown. The city council at its meeting Tuesday voted unanimously to do away with that rule. City officials estimates fewer than a dozen people live downtown south of the railroad tracks, ...

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Storefront maker moves fabrication to Waveland

By LISA MONTI Infinity-AP is moving its custom storefront fabrication operation from Chalmette, La., to the vacant 84 Lumber location off U.S. 90 in Waveland. Co-owner Rick Bradley said the goal is to open in early 2017 with up to 15 employees. The company designs, engineers and fabricates custom storefronts for international retailers. Bradley said their best known customers are Abercrombie ...

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Audit: Take back $3.4M in FEMA money from Mississippi school

Auditors say the Federal Emergency Management Agency should take back nearly all of $3.5 million in grants approved for a church-run school in coastal Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, though a school official says it actually received $2.8 million. FEMA lacked adequate policies to prevent an “unaccredited and unlicensed non-public school” from getting federal money, the Department of Homeland Security inspector ...

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Lazy Magnolia updates production, packaging

By LISA MONTI Leslie and Mark Henderson, the founders of Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co., are both engineers, so when it came time to update equipment at their Kiln, brewery, they devised a production line that would keep the craft beer tasting better longer. “It’s a huge big deal, both from the capacity standpoint and also the quality,” said Mark Henderson of ...

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