Sunday, May 19 2013 1:09 PM EDT2013-05-19 17:09:27 GMT
The Shed in Ocean Springs won first place in both the Whole Hog and Poultry categories this weekend at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.More >>
A South Mississippi BBQ joint is bringing home top honors from a prestigious competition. The Shed in Ocean Springs won first place in both the Whole Hog and Poultry categories this weekend at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:06 PM EDT2013-05-19 20:06:52 GMT
We are nearing the end of the Spring season and for the Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) they are in the middle of kitten season. They are over their capacity of cats storing some in boardMore >>
We are nearing the end of the Spring season and for the Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) they are in the middle of kitten season.More >>
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials...More >>
Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Florida over the past few days and bought a ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million - the highest Powerball jackpot in history.More >>
It's been less than 10 months since the world record for a lottery prize. On Saturday night, it could conceivably fall once again.More >>
It's all about the odds, and one single ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials disclosed Sunday.More >>
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
One year after the BP oil spill in the Gulf, tourism related businesses on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are still struggling to recover their losses. Most business owners are cautiously optimistic that things will be better this year, but they know nothing is certain.
At Beauvoir last summer, the statue of Jefferson Davis stood a lonely vigil over the historic grounds, devoid of visitors. The oil spill chased away the tourists. But that may be changing, according to Richard Forte, Beauvoir's acting director.
"I believe that the tourists are starting to return," Forte said. "We've had a lot of unscheduled bus tours in March. That's what we missed."
Still, Forte said, the BP gusher in the Gulf left hard feelings, not to mention court action.
"I felt like they should have gone to every tourist attraction on the coast and asked what they could do to help us, instead of the way we had to file a lawsuit. I didn't like doing that."
Coast motel and hotels did fairly well, thanks to an influx of BP oil spill clean-up workers. Still, overall business was down. A BP funded advertising grant of $16 million could soon help.
"Money can buy a lot of advertising, a lot of good awareness and I think that the powers that be, the people who will be in charge of that, they'll concentrate on that," said Linda Hornsby, Director of the Hotel-Motel Association.
There's a very different oil related concern facing tourism related businesses on the Mississippi Gulf Coast heading into the summer of 2011: the price at the pump.
"It's a factor, no question about it," Hornsby said. "Maybe we need to look at doing a gas card promotion again. It worked. Especially the first one."
At Souvenir City, the spill took a huge bite out of last year's profit statement. Fingers are crossed for a better 2011.
"We're very optimistic and hoping things are going to be good," owner J.J. Pierotich said. "The general feeling of the people we're getting in is that they feel that things are much better. So we'll just have to see what happens."
A mile to the east along the beach highway, that same feeling can be found at Southern Comfort RV Park, where money is starting to change hands once again. Cindy Davis manages the park.
"The town has done a wonderful job of keeping the beaches clean and providing a lot of services for everybody," Davis said. "So we're real happy and we got a good outlook to go, and a lot of reservations being made."
One of those reservations was made by Donna Tietje and her husband, visitors from New York. Her outlook concerning the coast is just what the area needs to recover.
"We love Mississippi, nice people and good food," Tietje said. "We love the local shrimp and all the seafood they have here. The weather, it's great down here."
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Wednesday, April 20 2011 6:14 PM EDT2011-04-20 22:14:15 GMT
A large group of fishermen, environmentalists and concerned citizens gathered beside a shrimp boat dock in Biloxi on Wednesday to remember the victims of the BP oil rig explosion, and lament the ongoing impact of that disaster which happened one year ago.More >>
Wednesday, April 20 2011 9:52 AM EDT2011-04-20 13:52:45 GMT
One year after the BP oil spill in the Gulf, tourism related businesses on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are still struggling to recover their losses. Most business owners are cautiously optimistic that things will be better this year, but they know nothing is certain.More >>
Wednesday, April 20 2011 8:26 AM EDT2011-04-20 12:26:36 GMT
Louis Skrmetta is hoping for a busy summer season for Ship Island Excursions. Opening day, the family ferry business took more than 500 visitors to the island. That's good news, since last year his business was down by about 60 percent because of the oil spill.More >>
Tuesday, April 19 2011 3:02 PM EDT2011-04-19 19:02:47 GMT
The director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says she's pleased with the response and clean-up of the oil on this week's one year anniversary of the BP oil spill. Trudy Fisher says the biggest challenge still remaining is perception.More >>
Tuesday, April 19 2011 1:27 PM EDT2011-04-19 17:27:34 GMT
Just one day before the one year anniversary of the Gulf oil spill, NOAA announced that the last area of federal waters has reopened to fishing. The last 1,041 square miles of Gulf waters immediately surrounding the Deepwater Horizon wellhead is now open to commercial and recreational fishing.More >>
Wednesday, April 20 2011 10:42 PM EDT2011-04-21 02:42:31 GMT
Many individuals and businesses along the Mississippi Gulf Coast continue to wait for final payments for costs and damages as a result of the BP oil spill. AJ Giardina spoke with a few individuals who say the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is using delay tactics in sending out checks.More >>
Wednesday, April 20 2011 10:32 PM EDT2011-04-21 02:32:55 GMT
Removing all the oil from Mississippi's barrier islands is a bit like chasing a moving target. As soon as one section of beach is cleaned, the dynamics of wind and waves take over, shifting sand to reveal new sections of tar balls and oil patties.More >>
Use the numbers below to contact the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center on matters regarding the oil slick in Gulf of Mexico: Report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information:More >>