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Aquarium a monument to post-Katrina recovery; $98 million attraction to open Aug. 29

By JACK WEATHERLY Fifteen years to the day after Hurricane Katrina made landfall and destroyed most of the infrastructure along the coast of Mississippi, a new structure will open, celebrating the recovery of the area. The $98 million Mississippi Aquarium will open in Gulfport. Though located on the coast, the public-private facility will tell the story of Mississippi’s aquatic resources ...

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Fondren Homewood Suites opens for business

By JACK WEATHERLY Homewood Suites was open for business Monday morning. Fifteen of the 125 guestrooms were booked for the first day, but check-in time was not to start till 3 p.m. The six-story Hilton brand property, built by Ridgeland-based Wealth Hospitality, was the first of several hotels that had been announced in recent years for the Fondren district in ...

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Call of water, road fueling sales of boats and RV’s

By JACK WEATHERLY It’s too much of a good thing in a bad situation. Sales of recreational vehicles and boats have hit records across the nation and Mississippi. That came after the first coronavirus lockdown and then the lifting of it. People had been isolated in their homes and naturally wanted to get free. Nothing like taking a camper or ...

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Nowlin joins Fairview Inn as Events Manager

Stephanie Nowlin has joined the Fairview Inn team as the new events manager. Previously, she served as the Catering Sales Manager at La Brioche in Fondren, where she managed all corporate and social events. Stephanie also has marketing experience through her time at Medicomp Physical Therapy and Capital Orthopaedic. Nowlin lives in Brandon with her husband, Damon, and is a ...

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State tourism, CVBs respond to pandemic

By LYNN LOFTON Tourism is a major economic factor in Mississippi.  So, how in the age of COVID-19 are convention and visitors bureaus around the state faring? Tupelo, Ridgeland, Jackson and the Gulf Coast are among the state’s CVBs that are back in business while following CDC guidelines. “Tupelo’s tourism industry has been significantly impacted by COVID-19 and we continue ...

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Lyric Hotel to open in Cleveland on Aug. 4

By JACK WEATHERLY The Lyric Hotel in the West End District in Cleveland will open on Aug. 4, developer and owner Dinesh Chawla said in a release issued late Sunday. The opening had been pegged to July 27, but “we cannot compete with the generous offer by the federal government of $600 a week on top of regular unemployment. That ...

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MMI, LRC2 offer update on Memphis hotel

By JACK WEATHERLY   Two Mississippi hotel firms have offered an update on their project in Memphis, a seven-story, 106-room project in Overton Square. The last steel has been put in place as a “topping out.” A ground-floor restaurant, the Complicated Pilgrim, and a rooftop bar, the Tiger and the Peacock, will be included, according to the firms, MMI Hotel ...

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Plan unveiled for $1.2 billion Broadwater complex

The site of legendary Broadwater Beach Hotel would be reborn as a $1.2 billion entertainment complex in Biloxi if plans move forward. Dakia Entertainment Hospitality and Broadwater Development LLP announced on Tuesday the signing of a formal letter of intent, subject to finalizing financial commitments, to redevelop the historic, former Broadwater Beach hotel, marina and golf course site into a ...

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Ameristar Casino to lay off 150 workers in Mississippi

Officials for a riverfront casino in Mississippi have announced plans to permanently lay off 150 workers as the industry faces challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Ameristar Casino, which sits along the Mississippi river in Vicksburg, will remain open, but will reduce its staff beginning in August, according to a letter notifying city officials of the layoffs. The Mississippi Gaming ...

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Cruises halted by virus plan return to Mississippi River

Efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus have further delayed the return of cruises along the Mississippi River. American Cruise Lines announced this week that it would resume operations on the river July 11, The Vicksburg Post reported. It was previously expected to resume in late June. Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Laura Beth Strickland told the ...

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