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New Bay St. Louis boutique hotel under construction

A 60-room boutique hotel is under construction in the heart of Old Town Bay St. Louis on the corner of North Beach Boulevard and Main Street.

  Agriculture commissioner Gipson announces plans for trade and commerce office on Coast

  Hospitality industry labor shortage poses a challenge to restaurants, hotels

  Proposed district creates two-way conversation about developments around Seabee base

  Food trucks popping up in Ocean Springs thanks to new regulations

  Coast Guard opens Polar Security Cutter office at VT Halter Marine

Target hiring more than 130,000 for holiday season

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  Relativity hiring 190 people as it prepares to use 3D printing to make rockets

  Ingalls hosts job fair to fill hundreds of positions

  Step up and pick your own muscadine grapes at Vancleave vineyard

  Pine Burr Country Club undergoing a golf renaissance

  Centennial Plaza an oasis in dry tourism season for Labor Day

  Tourists visit Coast attractions for Labor Day weekend

Stores prepare for Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday

Starting Friday, customers can save during Mississippi’s Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday.

  AT&T strike comes to an end after agreement is reached with union

The Communication Workers of America union has reached an agreement with AT&T, meaning thousands of workers across the southeast will return to work Wednesday.

Target teams up with Disney to open shops

Target is hoping to bring the magic of characters like Mickey Mouse and Elsa to its own customers by creating permanent Disney shops at a cluster of stores starting this fall.

  Business is booming at restaurants across the country, including in South MS

The U.S. Census Bureau reports Americans are spending more time and money on eating out.

  Labor Day holiday likely won’t help devastated Coast hotel industry

  Gas prices drop just in time for Labor Day weekend

AT&T Southeast employees strike over ‘unfair labor practices’

  Mississippi casinos gear up for year two of sports betting and football season

  Work underway to restore historic Keller Avenue Barq building

  ‘Tasty Thursday’ serves popcorn, ice cream, burgers, tacos and more!

  Gulf oil leases take a 35 percent dip

This week a sale of oil drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico saw 35 a percent decline over the previous lease sale. An energy advocacy group says it shows a number of problems, but a Tulane oil expert says there’s no need to panic.

  South Mississippi Strong: Bay businesswoman a driving force behind Coast tourism for 40+ years

Nikki Moon has been in the tourism and hospitality business for over 40 years. Not only is she the owner of the Bay Town Inn, she's also president of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and of the Coastal Mississippi Board of Commissioners.

  Ollie’s Bargain Outlet opens its doors in Gulfport

It was a big grand opening Wednesday for Gulfport’s newest retailer. Ollie’s Bargain Outlet is now open in the Handsboro Square shopping plaza.

  Pascagoula medical clinic honored as Anchor Award winner

A sold-out crowd of more than 300 business and community leaders packed Pelican Landing in Moss Point for the 11th annual Anchor Awards.

  Be Local: Meet the Jerky King at his Gulfport restaurant

Jeremy Martin has made a name for himself. He’s known, far and wide as the Jerky King because of his handcrafted, original recipe beef jerky.

  Food delivery service Waitr now available in east Jackson County

Getting food delivered to your front door just got easier on the east side of Jackson County.

  Mardi Gras next year could cost more because of U.S./China trade talks

Now that Mardi Gras is less than six months away, Gulf Coast krewes are well into planning for the revelry. With the threat of tariffs on goods from China, some coastal organizations are paying close attention to prices.

  Long Beach leaders continue food truck discussions while restaurant owners express concerns

Food trucks are a growing trend and seem to be popping up all over, including on the Gulf Coast, but in Long Beach the discussion over whether to allow food trucks continues.

Biloxi Brewing Company files for bankruptcy

Biloxi Brewing Company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Aug. 1.

  People impressed with what Centennial Plaza has to offer

The first visitors to the newly-opened Centennial Plaza are singing the praises of the latest Gulf Coast amenity.

  Coast retailers start applying to sell lottery tickets

The Mississippi Lottery Commission officially announced Powerball and Mega Millions tickets would be sold in the state, likely starting in first few months of 2020 on the same day applications were made available for retailers wanting to sell lottery tickets in their stores.

State lawmakers address seafood losses, spillway impacts

State lawmakers from areas hardest hit by recent river flooding received bad news at a special meeting in Lafourche Parish.

  Motorcycle rally brings much needed tourism to the Coast

The National Bikers Roundup is the largest camping motorcycle rally in the United States. It draws in about 30,000 people and spectators.

Goodwill mega thrift store opens in Ocean Springs

The largest goodwill store in South Mississippi is now open for business in Ocean Springs.

Coast casinos celebrate one year anniversary of legalized sports gaming

Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the first legal sports bet in Mississippi.

  Global helium shortage inflates more than just cost of balloons

A global helium shortage is causing industries across the country to adopt sustainable business models.

  Handsboro Square shopping plaza still growing despite departure of Rouses

While the departure of Rouses left a big retail hole at its former location in Handsboro Square in Gulfport, it’s nothing the plaza hasn’t had to recover from.

  Tax-free holiday good for big and small businesses alike in South Mississippi

The 7% sales tax exemption has been big for big-box stores, but it’s also been good for small business as well.

  Mississippi oysters escape freshwater, now back in the Sound

French Hermit Oyster company is celebrating the release of their oysters back into Mississippi waters.

  Tax-free school supplies have shoppers flocking to Coast stores

This is the first time that school supplies are exempt from the state’s 7% sales tax. Clearly, it’s been well received.

  Pet-friendly restaurants are violating state health code

At some restaurants across the Gulf Coast, you may have noticed that it’s okay for dogs to join their owners for a bite to eat. But those restaurants are technically violating state health codes.

  Chillin’ on the Gulf Coast music fest coming to Centennial Plaza in September

Excitement is building as Centennial Plaza in Gulfport is gearing up for its grand opening scheduled Aug. 5.

  Coast hotels see drop in revenue as water advisory continues

As the Mississippi Hotel and Lodging reports, revenue fell by nearly 37% compared to last year. Hotel bookings last weekend were off by 22%.

Officials give Gulf LNG the go ahead

More than a decade later and officials are giving the go ahead on a liquefied natural gas terminal in Pascagoula.

  Ocean Springs coffee shop starts litter-free initiative

There’s a new initiative in Ocean Springs to keep the streets clean and it was started by a new business.

  Be Local: Quave Bros. Po’Boys serving sandwiches the Back Bay way

At Quave Brothers, it's all about po'boys made the old school way, dressed and pressed, just like the Back Bay folks have been ordering them for generations.

Better Business Bureau warns of scams during and after disaster

With Potential Tropical Cyclone #2 predicted to make landfall in south Louisiana Saturday morning, now is the time to be aware of scams related to severe weather.

  Ocean Springs eateries and shopping named best in the state for 2019

Mississippi Magazine is tooting Ocean Springs’ horn after naming some restaurants and shops the best in the state.

  Coast has plenty of amenities to attract tourists other than beach

There’s no doubt that the toxic water along the beach has hurt tourism, but there are plenty of options to draw tourists.

Great Southern Golf Club files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The Great Southern Golf Club, Inc. filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy laws Wednesday. This measure was taken to provide an opportunity for Mississippi’s oldest golf course to restructure its debt that has accumulated since Hurricane Katrina destroyed the course in 2005.

  More beach water closures has visitors confused and vendors worried

Water closures are confusing tourists and worrying beach vendors about this weekend’s business.

  South Mississippi Strong: Entrepreneur provides platform to highlight black-owned businesses

Seeing a need to help black business owners, Alexis Williams created a Facebook page to offer support and resources to entrepreneurs.

  Local farmers cashing in on Fourth of July holiday

Local farmers are cashing in on the Fourth of July holiday, and a big seller is produce.

  Community meeting to discuss mobile food vendor ordinance in Ocean Springs

The City of Ocean Springs Friday afternoon hosted its last community meeting to discuss the upcoming Mobile Food Vendor Ordinance, which goes into effect July 4, 2019.

Beach at Flint Creek Water Park temporarily closed

Flint Creek Water Park made a post on its Facebook page Thursday night said the beaches are temporarily closed until further notice.

Harrah’s seeking memorabilia from original 406 Club

The Caesars Entertainment resort and casino announced an expansion to its sports and entertainment experience offerings with plans for a new 406 Club.

Algae bloom could have major impact on beach vendors

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality put up signs Friday morning closing another section of the beach because of the ongoing algae bloom.

  HUD: Review of Port of Gulfport closed, MDA job requirements met

HUD has closed its review of the MDA regarding records of jobs created at the Port of Gulfport after Hurricane Katrina.

  Coast leaders say broadband, 5G internet still needs support

Discussion on the future of fiber optics and possibly 5G internet in South Mississippi was on Thursday’s Gulf Coast Business Council agenda.

  Coastal Mississippi: ‘The Gulf Coast is open for business’

With little more than one week until the July Fourth weekend, the tourism season on the Gulf Coast is in full swing. However, with recent beach water closures, tourism officials are worried that our yearly visitors might look elsewhere for their summer fun.

  Short-term rental properties on radar in Gulfport

On Thursday, the Gulfport Planning Commission will have a public meeting to define what short-term rental properties are and where those properties can be located – either by permission or by right.

  Hancock Chamber announces 2019 Businesses of the Year

Creole Creamery/PJ’s Coffee in Bay St. Louis, Pearl River Community College Hancock Center in Waveland, Tiki Delivery in Diamondhead and Broke Spoke in Kiln area/Hancock County were all selected.

  $1.4M grant for Enviva Lucedale road project announced

Thursday, Gov. Phil Bryant announced a grant for a road project so trucks will have a separate entrance in and out of the Enviva facility.

  A shutdown Biloxi casino one step closer to coming back to life

With a unanimous vote, the gaming commission granted site approval for the old Margaritaville location. It’s an important first step for Biloxi House LLC, the company that has an agreement to buy the property and reopen it with an old Biloxi theme.

  Goodwill Mega Store coming to Ocean Springs

Goodwill will open a Mega Store in Ocean Springs with 32,000 square feet of retail shopping space. It will be the largest Goodwill store on the Gulf Coast and will employ 40 workers.

  New Keesler AFB main gate making progress but existing businesses taking hit

The $37 million project has been on the table for discussion for more than 15 years, and it broke ground in May 2018.

Raising Cane’s founder named one of best CEOs to work for in country

Todd Graves, the founder and CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, has been named one of the top CEOs in the country. That’s according to Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award.

Florence Gardens holds open house for latest expansion

Florence Gardens in Gulfport actually poured their first slab the week before the hurricane hit, but since then they have created an atmosphere that home buyers continue to ask for.

Waitr offering free deliveries for Father’s Day weekend

Get your dad his favorite restaurant meal even easier this Father's Day.

  Stennis International Airport receives $250,000 expansion grant

The Mississippi Development Authority is looking to bring jobs to different parts of the state, including Hancock County.

  Behind-the-fences look at progress of Mississippi Aquarium

Andy Horn is the Curator of Marine Mammals, Training and Animal Interactive Programs. He said that the Mississippi Aquarium property is buzzing with activity and is right on time.

  East Biloxi residents want relief from 'food desert’

People in East Biloxi say that for a long time they have felt forgotten about. There’s is no grocery store in the area, which has some people labeling that part of the city a "food desert.”

Mississippi joins 9 states in lawsuit to block merger between T-Mobile and Sprint

Mississippi has joined a multi-state lawsuit to stop the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, saying it would drive up the prices for cell phone services.

  Hundreds shop new indoor flea market in Gautier on grand opening weekend

Hundreds walked through the doors by lunchtime. Shoppers browsed stock from more than 80 vendors from Mobile to Picayune. They sold everything from handmade and household goods to estate sale pieces.

  Chandyfest rocks downtown Gulfport for fourth year

Chandyfest was without its signature bed race because of the threat of bad weather, but that didn’t stop the fun from flowing.

  Colombian group tours South Mississippi forming new business partners

A group of 16 local and civic leaders from Rio Negro, Colombia, are on the Coast as part of the joint trade agreement the city made with Biloxi and Gulfport to soon import flowers to South Mississippi.

  Thousands of visitors enjoy a weekend on the Coast for Battle at the Beach, Jeepin’ the Coast

The summer tourism season is already revving up on the Gulf Coast.

  Shrimpers keep their fingers crossed for the upcoming season

It was a busy morning at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. Fishermen and shrimpers were getting ready for the 2019 Blessing of the Fleet while selling whatever fresh seafood they managed to catch overnight.