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Casino signs lease with port for hotel tower renovation

GULFPORT — Island View Casino owners are ready to refurbish the hotel tower south of U.S. 90 after signing a 50-year lease with the Mississippi state Port Authority. Casino owner Rick Carter tells The Sun Herald the agreement begins with a 10-year lease and has multiple extensions. Carter said 35 years remained on the lease assumed when he and his ...

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Travel writers, photographers to crisscross Mississippi's Gulf Coast

Tourism officials on the Mississippi Coast have spent the last year preparing to host the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers annual conference Oct. 20-25 in Biloxi. Now they’re in the final stages of fine tuning a complex schedule of events to showcase everything the area has to offer its visitors. More than 300 travel writers and photographers will take ...

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Agritourism spreading across Mississippi

A working farm, a Halloween corn maze and pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, wagon rides, you pick ’em farms, a winery and Christmas tree farms amount to year round agritourism activities in Mississippi that generate $150 million annually. Tourism officials say agritourism is now one of the fastest growing tourism markets, providing employment and revenue for local business owners. Activities ...

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Proposed Coast baseball stadium plans on fast track

BILOXI — Plans for the new minor league baseball stadium presented to the Biloxi Development Review Committee haven’t changed much from the original renderings. Leigh Jaunsen, an architect with Dale Partners Architects, says the plan shows “a solid, urban, historic-looking ballpark.” The Sun Herald reports the DRC meeting yesterday was just a week after the Biloxi council approved the stadium. ...

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Conference looks to boost outdoor recreation, tourism development

If you’re thinking of developing an outdoor recreation/tourism-related business, it might be in your best interest to make a road trip to Alabama. The Mississippi State University Extension Service and MSU’s Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development are promoting the annual Alabama-Mississippi Rural Tourism Conference Oct. 28-30. The event will be in Guntersville, Ala., and the theme is outdoor ...

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Bay St. Louis' Second Street School sale finally closes

BAY ST. LOUIS — The sale of the old Second Street Elementary School is finally complete. Bay-Waveland School District attorney Ronnie Artigues Jr. said in an email this week, “The last two documents were actually signed this morning. It is now closed.” New Orleans developer Jim MacPhaille and his wife are the new owners of the property and building. He ...

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Oil spill trial begins look into how much oil leaked into Gulf

NEW ORLEANS — The focus of a trial over BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has shifted to the multibillion-dollar question of how much crude gushed from BP’s blown-out well. Lawyers for BP and the federal government began Monday presenting U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with conflicting scientific theories to explain their different estimates. Government experts estimate ...

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Officials hopeful voters will vote in new lodging tax

HORN LAKE — Horn Lake officials are hoping voters will turn out in significant numbers tomorrow to approve a hotel-motel tax designed to generate revenue to promote the city. The proposal calls for a $2-per-night tax on all hotel and motel stays within the city limits, potentially generating thousands of dollars a year that would go into the city’s tourism ...

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CVB board members reappointed after shake-up

CORINTH — The Board of Mayor and Aldermen has filled several seats on boards and commissions. The Daily Corinthian reported Clayton Stanley will fill an unexpired post on the airport commission following the resignation of Allen Lee. The term runs through April 20, 2015. Reappointments included Emma Lee Newcomb on the Corinth Housing Authority board and Wayne Gann on the ...

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Casino developers given 15-day deadline for lease renewal

D’IBERVILLE — The developers of Oyster Bay Casino have 15 days to renew their lease for Fountain Beach and they say they will. The Sun Herald reports the lease has expired today on the city-owned Back Bay land where the developers want to build a casino. The mayor and City Council voted this week to notify the developers they have ...

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