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Coastal Mississippi CEO resigns after four-hour executive session discussing his position

Another board member also resigned from the board effective immediately.
Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 8:08 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2021 at 7:41 AM CDT
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BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - Just hours after giving a presentation touting the positive work by Coastal Mississippi, the tourism board’s CEO announced he would be resigning.

Milton Segarra told WLOX he will submit his resignation on Friday.

In a statement from Segarra sent late Thursday, he said that he wanted to thank the team of incredibly talented and dedicated staff at Coastal Mississippi, who have worked tirelessly to promote this region as a destination.

“Together, we have achieved phenomenal successes despite any challenges we have faced,” said Segarra. “I would also like to thank each and every member of this community that has shown overwhelming kindness and support for myself and my family since the moment we moved to Coastal Mississippi.”

Segarra gave a presentation Thursday morning on the success Coastal Mississippi is having in promoting tourism for South Mississippi. Later Thursday, Coastal Mississippi board members went into a closed-door executive session that lasted more than four hours. The topic at hand: Segarra’s performance as CEO.

WLOX was the only media outlet at the special meeting and attempted to talk to board members after they came out of the executive session, however, no one would comment.

Over the last few months, tourism board members have been debating among themselves whether Coastal Mississippi needed new leadership. The six representatives from Jackson and Hancock Counties have supported Segarra. However, several board members told WLOX the contingent of nine Harrison County representatives on the board have been critical of Segarra’s leadership and his salary.

Right after the meeting, Hancock County Tourism Commissioner Mark Henderson told WLOX he had also resigned from the board, effective immediately.

Segarra’s resignation will take effect on Oct. 15, 2021. He came to Coastal Mississippi in January 2018. In 2019, he was chosen as one of Mississippi’s Top CEOs of 2019 by the Mississippi Business Journal.

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