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From the bars to the beaches, South Mississippians ring in 2016

Whether it's inside a bar with a cool drink and hot nachos, or on the beach taking in the beauty of God's creation, South Mississippians are finding all kinds of ways to ring in the new year. (Photo source: WLOX) Whether it's inside a bar with a cool drink and hot nachos, or on the beach taking in the beauty of God's creation, South Mississippians are finding all kinds of ways to ring in the new year. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The bar was wide open early New Year's Eve at the Fillin' Station in downtown Biloxi.

"I'm going to stick out and party until the sun sets," said Keith Wayne Stephens of Biloxi. "That's what I'm going to do. I'm a party animal."

Howard Moffett wanted to set aside a little time between work shifts. But some taco nachos are just a taste of what's to come.

"Having to work absolutely didn't stop me," he said. "Actually tomorrow we really are going to celebrate when I'm at home with the family and friends. We'll have a get together and sit back and watch the football game."

And for Joe Mast, the weather is just right for an early New Year's Eve celebration.

"Figured we'd come in have a couple of cocktails, get an early start. Enjoy the day," he said. "It's beautiful here. Back in Kansas City it's like 31, so we're loving this weather."

Across the street at Zeppelins, a group from Kansas City was on vacation to see the Sugar Bowl.

"We wanted to hang out here in Biloxi today," said Kimberly Wright of Nashville. "So we just popped in to Zeppelins to have a few drinks, and get started."

But there won't be bar hopping and popper popping for Diane and Lori Schmit. The mother and daughter from Carriere had something else in mind to get ready for 2016.

"I really like coming out to the ocean," Diane Schmit said. "I feel really at peace and calm. It's really beautiful out here and I find it's a better way to celebrate, really."

Added Lori Schmit: "That's not my scene. I prefer quiet. Being in an atmosphere where I can feel God's presence and enjoy what He's given me. And this is much better celebration for me."

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