President: Starlin J. Lanier Publisher & Editor: Lisa Lanier ?????????????????? ?????????????????? Contributing Editor: Rose Marie Davis Art Editor: Elaine Stevens ????????????????????????????????????? ???????????? Advertising: Lisa Lanier ???????????? Distribution Manager Elise Wingerter ???????????? Contributing Writers and Photographers Anthony Wayne Kalberg ?????????????????? Bay St. Louis Chamber of Karen Slade Bryant Commerce Kathryn Lewis Charlotte Koestler Lori Gordon ????????????? Marcia A. Crawford ?????????????? Ocean Springs Chamber of ????????????? Commerce ??????????????????????????? ???????????????? Elaine Stevens Russ Bloom Ellis Anderson The Ad Group Eric Zala ?????????????????????????????????????????????? for the use of their map and for providing the calendar of events. ??????????????????????????????????? South Mississippi ????????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Newcomers & Visitors Guide South Mississippi are copyrighted. All rights are reserved. Reproduction in part or whole without written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. Focus ???????????? ????? ???????? ???? ? ?????? ??? ??????? ???? ??????????????? Although information and contents are carefully compiled to ??????? ?????????? ?????? ???????????? ????? ????? ???? ? ??????? ???? responsibility for inaccurate information. No recommendations ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????? First Name Last Name Address City State Phone Email Zip A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER "Enjoy South Mississippi for a day, for a week, for a lifetime!"

Hello, and welcome to South Mississippi!

Oil Spill? What Oil Spill? We are still open for business and we are glad you're here! Whether you are relocating or just visiting, you have arrived at a fabulous destination! We've created this magazine for you to use as a tool to entertain, inform and help you navigate while becoming familiar with the area. Take a drive along our beach highway overlooking the sparkling Gulf of Mexico and 26 miles of scenic coastal beaches. Enjoy our world-class golf courses or "land the big one" while deep sea fishing. The only trouble you'll have on your visit here is deciding what you want to do first! A haven for artists, the area boasts a wealth of museums and festivals that highlight fine art and the works of talented craftsmen. Galleries, large and small, are here to inspire you and, natural and historical museums will interest and educate you. With our subtropical climate, outdoor activities are a year-round option. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will still find an abundance of exciting adventures regardless of the current oil situation. Whether you take an eco-tour to view the wildlife or rent a kayak and paddle on one of our unspoiled rivers and bayous, you are certain to unwind while experiencing nature at its most pristine. Visitors and natives alike are always excited to get up close and personal views of hundreds of species of birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species that call Mississippi home. After working up an appetite in the great outdoors, visit one of the area's many fine restaurants. From casual to fine dining, our restaurant feature writers cover the Coast. Don't miss the excellent fare that the South is known for. Our Late Summer issue offers up masses of events and celebrations. From Labor Day Activities and REMEMBERING KATRINA 5 YEARS LATER CEREMONIES to the 14th Annual Cruisin the Coast events. There is sure to be an event that you will not want to miss. A variety of activities and adventures for every age and taste are available, including Chef's of the Coast, a fabulous celebration of food, the 24th Annual Fall Muster at Beauvoir, Home of Jefferson Davis and Biloxi's Seafood Festival. You can find a complete list of these and other events in our event calendar beginning, on page 55. Regardless of what you choose to do while you are here, you are sure to fall in love with South Mississippi, where natives pride themselves on their hospitality. Be sure to use the valuable coupons in this issue; you'll find fabulous discounts for attractions, restaurants and shops beginning on page 126. Again, we welcome you and we're glad you're here! -Lisa Lanier

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