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Rains already hitting Gulf coast ahead of tropical storm

Coastal residents are feeling the effects of a severe storm system that’s churning in the Gulf of Mexico. Police say flooding already is being reported on Dauphin Island south of Mobile, Alabama. The main road leading to the island’s narrow western end is partially covered with water, and the city is moving vehicles and equipment to higher ground. Red flags ...

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Bryant announces creation of Ocean Task Force

Gov. Phil Bryant Gov. Phil Bryant has announced the creation of the Ocean Task Force during a ceremonial executive order signing in Gulfport. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Naval Oceanography’s Unmanned Systems Operational Demonstration at the Combat Readiness Training Center. “The Mississippi Gulf Coast is well-positioned to grow as a major unmanned maritime systems center as the result ...

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State season for Red Snapper opens May 26

Mississippi’s recreational anglers will be allowed to harvest Red Snapper in state waters from May 26 through Sept. 4. Mississippi territorial waters will be open from 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 26, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4. The bag limit will be two Red Snapper per person per day with a minimum size of 16 inches. Also on Tuesday, NOAA ...

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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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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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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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Shrimp season closes west of Gulfport Ship Channel; additional waters south of Intracoastal Waterway remain open

Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced Friday, April 28, that beginning May 1, all waters south of the Intracoastal Waterway and west of the Gulfport Ship Channel are closed to shrimping. The closure takes effect at 6:01 a.m. Mississippi territorial waters south of the ICW and east of the Gulfport Ship Channel will remain open to shrimping. ...

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A FOCUS ON TOURISM: 5 boutique hotels we think you’ll like

A trend is growing among travelers for more intimate lodging with a bit of surprise By LYNN LOFTON Large hotels and chain lodgings sell consistency so travelers know what to expect. However, an increasing number of travelers prefer intimacy and an element of surprise which have fueled the popularity of boutique hotels. Generally defined as a small hotel with 10 ...

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Ship Island: A coast tradition

By LYNN LOFTON Think Gulf Coast family vacation and Ship Island Excursions will probably come to mind.Since 1926, Ship Island Excursions has been a part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast experience with members of the Skrmetta family running this ferry service from the mainland to Ship Island for relaxation, recreation and history. If you look closely, you may see dolphins ...

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Biloxi is site for Red Roof’s 500th hotel

Red Roof has opened a renovated Inn and Suite in Biloxi, its 500th property in the U.S. The property is owned by Pete Patel. The Red Roof Inn & Suites Biloxi is a family and pet friendly hotel, located off I-10 just a short drive from Keesler Air Force Base, Gulf Coast Convention Center and Beau Rivage. Started in July 2016, the 60-room property ...

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