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2012 Spring Break crowds thinner than last year

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Some consider loud music the sound of fun. Others say it's the waves on the water and sugar white sand. So matter what the definition is, fun was being had by all, like spring breaker Shunsta Kirksey.  

"Just hanging out, enjoying the weather and the water and hopefully get a nice tan," Kirksey said. 

Others are spending money here, staying in hotels and eating at restaurants. That brings a good feeling to our visitors, like Jackii Naylor from Meridian.  

"We never know what's going to happen between our city and this city," Naylor said. "It's the best time to pull together and have a lot of things that's going on, so we can build back the community, back up again."  

Coast casinos were a popular draw for many. LeeAnn Williams was one of them. 

"We're just here to enjoy the beach and the casino," Williams said.

When asked if she had been to the casino, Williams said, "Yes we did and won big. We did; we had a blast."  

While most of the spring breakers say they're having a great time here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this Saturday, some expressed concerns about the heavy police presence. 

One of them was Avery Lesshore. 

"It's ridiculous. They treat us like it's Armageddon around here the way they've got so many police officers," Lesshore said.  "I've never seen anything like it. It's just sad." 

Those officers are keeping a watch on things with the help of this mobile command unit. State of the art equipment offers an eye in the sky to help see any problem areas; something that just isn't happening so far, according to Chief John Miller with the Biloxi Police Department.   

"We've had very few problems, one or two small fight calls, but other than that, not many problems at all," Miller said. "We did have some problems with people parking on private property."

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