Tourism "turf war" could be hurting South Mississippi

It's WLOX News Director Brad Kessie.  I put on my reporter's cap a short time ago to dig for details about what's being called a turf war.  Here's what I learned.

Harrison County supervisors looked around the board room Monday morning and saw nothing but tourism leaders and business leaders.  I'm told some of the audience members represented the Harrison County Tourism Commission.  Others belonged to the Gulf Coast Business Council (GCBC).  A third group of people at the meeting was appointed to the Destination Marketing organization (DMO), the group tasked by the GCBC and the Mississippi Development Authority to oversee how this region would spend BP's $16 million tourism grant.

The fact that three groups were all working separately to market South Mississippi to the world was not lost on board members.  "If we don't get together and get together fast," Supervisor Windy Swetman said after the meeting, "South Mississippi might just miss the boat."

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LSU or Alabama?  Our WLOX Facebook page has been deluged with comments for the Bengal Tigers and for the Crimson Tide.  In a matter of hours, the talk ends, and the BCS National Championship begins.  Dave Schroeder is at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  On WLOX News at 6:00, he'll show us the fans who've arrived in New Orleans for the title game.

Some of those fans may be Alabama supporters who stayed in South Mississippi this weekend.  Trang Pham Bui met a few dozen Crimson Tide revelers just before they boarded a bus and headed to the Big Easy.  You'll hear their thoughts about whether Alabama will win the crystal trophy on WLOX News at 6:00.

We're posting slideshows from the title game on the WLOX Facebook page.  I hope you'll take a moment to check them out. There will be much more to come tonight after the game.