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NASA’s Stennis Space Center earns agency’s Small Business Administrator’s Cup Award

NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis has been awarded the agency’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 NASA Small Business Administrator’s Cup. The award is presented annually to recognize the NASA center that has the best overall small business program. It is the second time Stennis has earned the cup in the award’s eight-year history. Stennis first received the cup ...

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Mississippi seafood cookoff to be held Thursday

Twelve of the top chefs from across the state will compete Thursday, May 25, to be the king of Mississippi seafood. The eighth annual MS Seafood Cookoff will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. at CLIMB CDC, 1316 30th Ave. in Gulfport. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Each chef will present a signature dish featuring fresh, sustainable Mississippi Gulf seafood to a ...

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Spot a shrimp, use the My Gulf Coast app

Still wondering about the curious Shrimp Signs along Highway 90 intersections? Haven’t received a definitive answer from anyone throughout the region? Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast is here to help! In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week, taking place May 7-13, the Mississippi Gulf Coast now has a free travel app available for iOS users via the App Store and ...

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MDMR begins program to rebuild oyster reefs

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources this week began a program to rebuild and revitalize oyster reefs in the western Mississippi Sound. Employees and contractors started a multi-phase project to plant 350 acres of cultch material on several reefs over the next few weeks. “The purpose of this project is to restore Mississippi’s oyster reefs and increase future production,” said ...

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Visits to Mississippi Gulf Coast are on the upswing

By ALEXIS WILLIAMS Coast tourism leaders are touting improved numbers for 2016, saying that 6.2 million people visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast last year.  Their goal of 7 million visitors by 2020 is well within reach and hopefully attainable before then. “We truly believe that one voice is working,” said Renee Areng, Executive Director of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Areng notes ...

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The Roost brings new rooms and restaurant to downtown Ocean Springs

By ALEXIS WILLIAMS On the west end of Ocean Springs, steps from a vibrant downtown and beautiful Front Beach is a historic building recently renovated for mixed-use as a charming boutique hotel, casual restaurant and office space.  Built in 1894, the building formerly known as The Porter House was purchased and renovated by Joe and Jessica Cloyd, Roxy and Ted Condrey, ...

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Oyster farmers learning the basics

By LISA MONTI Future farmers of oysters in Mississippi will be getting some lessons and hands-on training this summer on the fundamentals of oyster farming in neighboring Alabama. What they bring back and put into practice in coastal waters is designed to give Mississippi’s lagging oyster industry “a jumpstart,” said Jason Rider, oyster extension agent for the state Department of ...

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Silver Slipper Casino Hotel opens new Beach Bar & Café

BAY ST. LOUIS — Silver Slipper Casino Hotel hosted a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Silver Slipper Beach Bar & Café!  The ceremony took place during a joint Business After Hours event with East St. Tammany and Hancock Chambers of Commerce on Thursday, May 4. “Since we opened our hotel 2 years ago, our customers have asked ...

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Art lessons are drawing tourists to stay and learn in Bay St. Louis

By LISA MONTI Bay St. Louis, a popular beachfront city that has earned spots on many a Top 10 list for its amenities and casual lifestyle, is known in large part for its robust arts community. Every month, the Second Saturday Art Walk through the Old Town showcases art galleries, musicians, artisans and others who contribute to the creative economy. Crowds ...

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