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Gulf coast tourism council begins work

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BILOXI, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Representatives from the three Coast counties arrived ready to work at the first meeting of the new Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Tourism Commission.

On Tuesday, the commission began by establishing accountability and setting goals to increase visitors to South Mississippi resorts.

Duncan McKenzie was elected president and Kim Fritz vice president. Both represent Harrison County. Rich Westfall, a commissioner from Jackson County, was elected secretary and Jimmy Ladner, Hancock County's tax assessor, will be treasurer.

They set up committees to oversee bylaws, audit and the budget and finance.

Among the committee's first tasks will be to draw up a code of ethics and conflict of interest statements that will apply to each commissioner, the staff and the executive director regarding their outside activities.

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