The best of the best of South Mississippi was honored tonight at the Hard Rock Casino for the 15th annual Coast Observer Covey Awards. Dozens of awards were presented such as favorite casino, favorite local band, and best night life. Nominated restaurants, bars, and other businesses shared the spotlight as they receive recognition for helping tourism thrive on the Coast. News 25’s Taylor Rubach and Rob Knight also went live on our WXXV Facebook page from the red carpet. News 25 caught up with the organizers before things kicked off. Covey Awards Founder Cheli Strumila said, “No one was really recognizing the hard working gaming industry, service industry, that provide us relief to get away from our everyday lives. I said you know what I’m going to honor them and that’s why I started the Covey Awards.”

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