Gulfport offers seven-year tax break to jump start construction on beach front. 


   Gulfport officials said the city tax-incentive program is new to Mississippi. They are trying to bring businesses and residents back to the beach, where 2005's Hurricane Katrina left so many empty lots. "I think we're the first ones" to offer the tax break, Urban Development Director Greg Pietrangelo said. "We had to go through … Continue reading Gulfport offers seven-year tax break to jump start construction on beach front. 

Man carrying gun in Gulfport Walmart identified, police yet to determine if any laws broken. 


Police have identified the man who walked into two Gulfport stores with a gun Sunday night but are still working with prosecutors to determine whether the man broke any laws, officials said. Gulfport police evacuated the Walmart Supercenter on U.S. 49 Sunday night after receiving a call about a man in the store openly carrying … Continue reading Man carrying gun in Gulfport Walmart identified, police yet to determine if any laws broken. 

House Bill 848 would turn Coast Coliseum authority and $7 million trust fund over to Harrison County.


It's a multi-million dollar compromise that could end nearly 40 years of the Coast Coliseum being run as a state agency. Next week, a bill goes before the full Mississippi House of Representatives that puts the Coliseum and its $7 million trust fund under the authority of Harrison County. On Thursday, Coliseum commissioners spent time … Continue reading House Bill 848 would turn Coast Coliseum authority and $7 million trust fund over to Harrison County.

Hosemann appeals judges ruling, continues fight to take families property.


The secretary of state's office and a pair of coastal governments are challenging a 2012 decision by a Mississippi judge who denied the state's claim to two parcels of property on East Beach in Ocean Springs. The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case on Feb. 10 in Jackson. Two families filed the … Continue reading Hosemann appeals judges ruling, continues fight to take families property.

Coast residents pushing for wind insurance clarity bill in 2015.


Coast residents are gearing up to get a wind insurance clarity bill passed in the Mississippi legislature in 2015 MPB’s Evelina Burnett reports. The legislation is modeled on a similar bill in Alabama, which requires insurance companies to disclose how much they take in in premiums and how much they’ve paid out in claims by … Continue reading Coast residents pushing for wind insurance clarity bill in 2015.

State agents with DOR are ‘Cruising the Coast’ this weekend looking for unpaid taxes.


State revenue agents are on the lookout for property owners and operators renting beach lots to cruisers. The Mississippi Department of Revenue wants its 7 percent sales tax on the income from the rentals. Mississippi charges sales tax for transient cars, trucks, trailers and recreational vehicles parked for a fee. Paid parking lots and garages … Continue reading State agents with DOR are ‘Cruising the Coast’ this weekend looking for unpaid taxes.

Governor announces additional $68.9 million in oil spill money for coastal restoration projects.


More money is coming to South Mississippi as part of efforts to restore the Mississippi Gulf Coast following the 2010 BP Oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Governor Phil Bryant announced Friday that an additional $68.9 million will be spent in our community. Some of the money will fund the Hancock County Marsh Living Shoreline … Continue reading Governor announces additional $68.9 million in oil spill money for coastal restoration projects.

Two South Mississippi sheriff’s offices say drug forfeiture spending is a public record


Sheriff's offices in two of the three Coast counties said they would have no problem letting the public know how much drug forfeiture money it has and how it spends it. And Harrison County, which has two helicopters, said it would produce flight records within a matter a days if a formal request is made. … Continue reading Two South Mississippi sheriff’s offices say drug forfeiture spending is a public record

State makes second land purchase on Cat Island.


The State of Mississippi was able to acquire an additional 117 acres of Cat Island from a private landowner, adding to the 109 acres previously purchased by the Secretary of State from a private landowner in May of 2012. Both purchases were covered primarily by federal, grant and federal settlement funding dedicated to land purchases … Continue reading State makes second land purchase on Cat Island.

Attorneys for former MDMR director Bill Walker issue statement


Attorneys representing former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Bill Walker issued an unsolicited statement to members of the media Wednesday afternoon. The statement, in its entirety: "As counsel to Dr. William Walker, we wish to briefly respond to the recent spate of inaccurate reports regarding the operation of the Mississippi Department of Marine … Continue reading Attorneys for former MDMR director Bill Walker issue statement