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Old 04-14-2009, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee/Biloxi
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The large vietnamese population exists on the MS Coast, in part, due to the fact that they are the only ones willing to take on the shrimping/fishing industry in that area.
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:32 AM
 
Location: Strathclyde & Málaga
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Anyone got anymore pics? I've seen the AL gulf coast and it looks fab too.
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Old 04-16-2009, 02:28 PM
 
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I lived between Ft. Walton Beach and Pensacola for six years. I just moved to Biloxi, but have spent some time in the area for training.

I MUCH prefer FL panhandle over MS. Heck, I even prefer the panhandle over the more populated areas, such as Tampa or Orlando.
If your thing is casinos, than Biloxi is the place for you. I don't want to make Biloxi sound bad, because it is a nice area with great people. However, when I compare Biloxi with the FL panhandle, I think FL has the overall advantage.

Both have beaches. FL is much nicer, the water is a very pretty blue, sand is bright white, while Biloxi's beaches are still a pretty light brown, but the water is a not so pretty brown. On a side note, to be fair, the beaches in FL still haven't fully recovered from the hurricanes a few years ago. Before Ivan, the beaches were powder white, you could walk for miles and feel nothing but sand between your toes. Now there is a lot more seashells on the beaches, and it doesn't squeak anymore.

Both have rivers for fresh water activities, FL's rivers seem much clearer and you can't beat the white sand bars to relax on.

Both are very friendly, but I'd give the ever so slight edge to FL. However, it all depends on where your at.

FL is VERY boater friendly. There are restaurants, pubs, bars, and beaches all over the place where you can stop on boat. MS doesn't really even compare in this department. I can't emphasize enough how highly I recommend getting a boat in FL.

If you like being close to a big city, I guess MS has FL beat there. Biloxi is only a little more than an hours drive to New Orleans. To that end, air travel into the panhandle is a bit on the pricey side. When I lived there I found it much cheaper to drive 3.5 hours to New Orleans to fly. I didn't mind much though, it gave me a reason to hit Bourbon St .

Hope that helps.
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Old 04-16-2009, 02:38 PM
 
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Anyone got anymore pics? I've seen the AL gulf coast and it looks fab too.
I'm not sure if I'm doing this right, so hopefully these pictures come through. These are from a few weekends ago, and a few from last weekend. Area is between Navarre and Pensacola.
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Old 04-17-2009, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Strathclyde & Málaga
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I'm not sure if I'm doing this right, so hopefully these pictures come through. These are from a few weekends ago, and a few from last weekend. Area is between Navarre and Pensacola.
I could definately settle there but i'd be too worried about hurricanes.
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:06 PM
 
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We were worried about the hurricanes as well. In all of the six years I was there, we didn't have any hurricanes that affected daily life until the very end, which was Hurricane Ivan. While it was burdensome and damaging, I've never been so impressed and touched by the way the community pulls together. We didn't really get out there to get to know people, but it didn't matter. We had people stopping by multiple times a day to make sure we were alright and didn't need any help. The people who didn't experience any damage went around and helped those who did. It was really an amazing thing to witness. I saw at a local grocery store where someone organized a meeting point for those who wanted to go around for the day to help. If you could, you just showed up with whatever tools you could and rode around with others looking to help. If you have insurance your covered with your belongings. It's a good idea to save up for a couple nights motel stay so you can evacuate the area if it looks like it might be a direct hit, then you can take your most valued belongings and head north. A lot of people I knew saved for a Disney World trip and would head to Orlando whenever a hurricane was brewing in the gulf. Even during evacuations, people pull together to help. We've seen hotels offering half off for evacuees. You meet people, or get closer to friends that you leave with. In fact, "hurricane parties" are huge. People pull all the good out of a bad situation. It really taught me a lesson on how to live. Don't let hurricanes scare you away from this area. If you live there long enough, you'll experience it, but you also learn that it isn't always a bad thing. Preparation makes all the difference in how your experience will be. I wouldn't let the threat of hurricanes scare you away from this great area. Like I said, as long as your prepared and willing to make the best out of bad situation, you'll have some really great memories. I have tons.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Strathclyde & Málaga
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We were worried about the hurricanes as well. In all of the six years I was there, we didn't have any hurricanes that affected daily life until the very end, which was Hurricane Ivan. While it was burdensome and damaging, I've never been so impressed and touched by the way the community pulls together. We didn't really get out there to get to know people, but it didn't matter. We had people stopping by multiple times a day to make sure we were alright and didn't need any help. The people who didn't experience any damage went around and helped those who did. It was really an amazing thing to witness. I saw at a local grocery store where someone organized a meeting point for those who wanted to go around for the day to help. If you could, you just showed up with whatever tools you could and rode around with others looking to help. If you have insurance your covered with your belongings. It's a good idea to save up for a couple nights motel stay so you can evacuate the area if it looks like it might be a direct hit, then you can take your most valued belongings and head north. A lot of people I knew saved for a Disney World trip and would head to Orlando whenever a hurricane was brewing in the gulf. Even during evacuations, people pull together to help. We've seen hotels offering half off for evacuees. You meet people, or get closer to friends that you leave with. In fact, "hurricane parties" are huge. People pull all the good out of a bad situation. It really taught me a lesson on how to live. Don't let hurricanes scare you away from this area. If you live there long enough, you'll experience it, but you also learn that it isn't always a bad thing. Preparation makes all the difference in how your experience will be. I wouldn't let the threat of hurricanes scare you away from this great area. Like I said, as long as your prepared and willing to make the best out of bad situation, you'll have some really great memories. I have tons.
It's probably because we dont get extreme weather here.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:49 PM
 
Location: The South
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"hurricane parties" are huge.

you'll have some really great memories. I have tons.

You make hurricanes almost seem fun. I guess my memories of Hurricane Katrina and the Mississippi coast are very different than yours.
Hurricanes are serious business.
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Old 04-21-2009, 04:49 PM
 
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You make hurricanes almost seem fun. I guess my memories of Hurricane Katrina and the Mississippi coast are very different than yours.
Hurricanes are serious business.
No doubt, Katrina and any hurricane was/is very serious. I did not mean to insinuate that it wasn't.
I was only speaking of my experiences during my short stay (six yrs) in the Panhandle of FL. I was never in Mississippi during any hurricane, let alone during Katrina. I just wanted to point out that we tried to make the best out of a bad situation and we pulled together when times got rough. I wanted to give a few examples of how we did this, again, going purely off my experiences while I was in the panhandle. Ivan was the worst of my hurricane experiences and it did do a lot of damage to the area, although nothing like Katrina. My community pulled together and despite the obvious excuse for utter misery, a lot of people did all they could to make the best of it by helping out and doing all they could to get the area back on it's feet. That was all very inspiring to me and I will always remember it, and hold it as a fond memory of how much good there still is out there when people are faced with challenge.
If my comments insulted anyone, I apologize.
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:29 PM
 
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Is the military presense strong throughout Biloxi.

I imagine it is in the Florida Panhandle as well.

I know its ridiculous reason, but as a regular guy, it is a bit intimidating having tons of GI guys all over the place. Just curious if they have a miniscule presense or a overwhelming presense in Biloxi.

we have a navy see bee base in gulfport, then we have an air force base in biloxi, then a regular navy base in moss point. so we have a lot of military around but the only time i saw any of them standing around with guns is when Katrina hit. they were there to protect and serve, and there presence was well known then and they helped minimize alot of looting. but you can't go to a store with out seeing military in some shape or form they are people like us they go to movies and buy groceries they don't stay on base for everything. they are tourists too. the want to see and experiance everything. they go out to bars and clubs and the casino makes quite a profit from them. and yes its not hard to spot them with their hair even if they are dressed as a civilian. i don't think they will ruin your chances with the ladies because that all depends on what the ladies want.
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