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Coliseum wraps up renovation project

BILOXI — Construction and remodeling are complete at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. A 50-foot-long ribbon will be cut tomorrow at 5 p.m. In less than three years the existing Biloxi convention center was completely remodeled, and a convention center expansion built along with a parking garage. The Coliseum has new doors and windows, a new electronic scoreboard, ...

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Residents might vote on tourism tax

SOUTHAVEN — A special election where Southaven residents decide if they want to place a 1 percent tourism tax on restaurant tabs could be held Oct. 5. Mayor Greg Davis will ask the board of aldermen tomorrow to approve this date for the nonbinding referendum on the tourism tax. Davis tells The Commercial Appeal that projections show that the 1 ...

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MDEQ warns of high bacteria levels on Coast beach

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, is working closely with local officials to advise residents that one location on the Mississippi Gulf Coast may have a high bacteria level: The site is Station 4 in Hancock County near St. Charles Street in Bay St. Louis. This advisory is not connected ...

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DMR gives go-ahead to new Coast marina

WAVELAND — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has issued a permit for the city of Waveland to build a harbor/marina. Mayor Tommy Longo says the city has applied for a permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for final approval. The city has applied for about $6 million in Community Development Block Grant funds for the marina project. ...

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Beach closings, health warnings soar

GULF COAST — Gulf beaches from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle have been closed or slapped with health warnings nearly 10 times more often this summer than last because of oil from BP’s massive deepwater leak, according to a report yesterday by a national environmental group. While many beaches were spared, more than 2,200 closings, health advisories or notices were ...

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City earns first Entertainment District designation

MERIDIAN — Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry, along with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, announced yesterday Meridian’s designation of an Entertainment District. The City of Meridian is the first city in the State of Mississippi to receive the designation. Under the Entertainment District Act, a local governing body may apply for an area to be deemed as an entertainment district through ...

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Westjet to begin Toronto-New Orleans flights

KENNER, La. — Canadian low-cost carrier Westjet is starting nonstop flights between Toronto and the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The seasonal service will operate four times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. It begins Oct. 31 and will run through May 8. The route previously was run by Air Canada, but discontinued after Hurricane Katrina in ...

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Oil forces state's first beach closure

HANCOCK COUNTY — State officials have closed the beach and parts of Beach Boulevard in Waveland because a significant amount of tar balls has washed ashore and on the road. Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality director Trudy Fisher told WLOX-TV there’s so many tar balls you cannot walk across the beach without stepping on them. Fisher says the water is ...

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Beach advisory extended again due to oil

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and the Mississippi State Department of Health extended the existing beach advisory in Harrison County. The new advisory extends to the west from Third Avenue (Henderson Point) in Pass Christian on the west to Azalea Avenue in Biloxi on the east. This area ...

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Buffet concert cancellation deals tourism another blow

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Realty companies and hotels on Alabama’s oil-stricken coast were hit with another wave of cancellations and lost business yesterday after the free beachfront Jimmy Buffett concert was postponed because of the threat of Tropical Storm Alex. With coastal tourism business already off by about half because of the huge BP oil spill in the Gulf of ...

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