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Councilmen to meet in special session over budget

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council will meet in special session tomorrow for another look at the budget and to decide on funding for Cruisin’ the Coast, the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum and the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. The Sun Herald reports the city’s contribution to agencies still totals $1.8 million a year. Last week representatives of the Ohr ...

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City hears plans for return of American Queen

NATCHEZ — The City of Natchez will be receiving a royal visitor that may bring the crown jewel of economic opportunities for Natchez tourism. The Natchez Democrat reports approximately 50 people attended a meeting yesterday at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center to hear Bob Buesing of Shore Excursions of America outline a plan to bring the American Queen steamboat back ...

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Museum asks city to pay building expenses

BILOXI — The fate of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art for now rests with the Biloxi City Council. The Sun Herald reports museum representatives asked the city yesterday to pay the expenses of the museum buildings, which Biloxi owns and leases to the museum at no cost. The council unanimously voted to table the request. Councilman Clark Griffith asked how ...

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Commission to mull plans for Gulfport harbor resort

GULFPORT — The Gulfport Redevelopment Commission will consider plans to bring a 12-suite resort and restaurant to the Gulfport harbor. The City Council voted unanimously yesterday to convey a piece of property at the harbor to the Redevelopment Commission in anticipation of approving a 15-year lease with Saltgrass Outdoors for the $2.5-million project. Buy-back provisions in the lease would allow ...

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Delta bringing new fleet of jets to airport

TUPELO — Delta Airlines has brought a new fleet of planes to provide service from Tupelo to Memphis. The 50-seat regional jets are replacing the Saab twin turbo prop that seated only 35 people. Delta expects the jet to save more money with regional flights like those from Tupelo along with maintenance costs. Delta provides 15 flights per week from ...

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Choctaws anticipate increased profits from Pearl River Resort

CHOCTAW — Pending final approval by the Choctaw Tribal Council, Pearl River Resort and Casino’s new budget anticipates net profits will increase from a projected $83.3 million to $100.4 million next fiscal year. 
The FY 2012 budget, which was just recently approved by the Pearl River Resort Board, will be presented to the full Tribal Council for adoption this week. ...

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Great American Steamboat Co. chooses GodwinGroup

JACKSON — GodwinGroup of Jackson has been selected to provide branding and launch support for the Great American Steamboat Company, a Memphis-based firm specializing in luxury steamboat voyages on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. GodwinGroup will be responsible for developing initial marketing strategies, web presence and sales materials, with a focus on building brand identity and strong competitive positioning across ...

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Housing authority mulling RV park, campgrounds unhappy

BILOXI — The Biloxi Housing Authority is considering building a recreational vehicle park on U.S. Highway 90. Owners of other campgrounds in the city say they have been struggling since Hurricane Katrina and are just getting back on track from the oil spill. They don’t welcome more competition. Bobby Hensley, director of the Biloxi Housing Authority, tells The Sun Herald ...

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CVB to shore up budget deficit with tax money

SOUTHAVEN — The DeSoto County Convention and Visitors Bureau board has adopted an operating budget of $11.5 million for the DeSoto Civic Center for fiscal year 2012 that starts Oct. 1. The spending plan includes a $494,000 deficit that CVB members say will be shored up with funds from the county’s 2 percent tax on hotels and restaurants. The Commercial ...

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