Last week, we saw something disturbing in coast tourism circles. A member of the Harrison County Commission refused to resign. That request to quit supposedly came from county supervisor Connie Rockco. Harsh words were spoken.
There are two groups trying to guide tourism promotion on the coast. The before mentioned commission and the Tourism Partnership. Each group has it's own agenda. It has now become apparent that something is broken and needs fixing.
You need proof of that. Here it is. Alabama and Florida had record tourism seasons in 2011, and are well on their way to new records this year. Here in Mississippi, our tourism is also increasing but not at the same rate as other Gulf states.
It is time for these groups to stop bickering and start working together. We need one voice and one vision to promote the entire gulf coast, from Moss Point to Waveland. If we don't do that soon, we'll fall farther behind our neighboring states.
It's past time to have fractured groups claiming to know what's best. Come together now under a single tourism agency and let's get to work making our coast known across the globe for what locals already realize. This is a great place to live and visit.
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