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(Ocean Springs, MS) – The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism
Bureau has brought back the popular pelican pound program to help encourage
residents and visitors to buy local.


The pelican pound, a wooden nickel valued at $5 per coin, can be used at shops,
restaurants, and galleries around town at participating businesses only. Pelican
pounds can only be picked up at the Ocean Springs Visitors Center/Chamber-Main
Street office between 9 – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.


“This is our buy local campaign,” says Cynthia Sutton, President & CEO of the Ocean
Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau. “It is a great marketing
opportunity to showcase our local one-of-a-kind businesses and to keep dollars in
Ocean Springs.”


Look for the pelican pound participant fliers in shops, restaurants and galleries
windows. Program details can be found at www.oceanspringschamber.com or by
visiting the Ocean Springs Chamber-Main Street/Visitors Center offices located at
1000 Washington Avenue.


By shopping and dining locally more than 50% of the dollars spent return to the local
community creating more local jobs, better parks, recreation, community events and
more making our town a great place to live and visit.


The Pelican Pound program was developed by the Ocean Springs Chamber of
Commerce–Main Street– Tourism Bureau. Pelican Pounds can be obtained by tour
groups and conference goers coordinated through the Ocean Springs Chamber of
Commerce – Main Street–Tourism Bureau offices while supplies last. The campaign
and opportunity to spend a Pelican Pound ends September 13. Coin will not be valid
after September 13.


For more information on the Pelican Pound, contact the Ocean Springs Chamber of
Commerce – Main Street – Tourism Bureau at 228.875.4424 or visit
www.oceanspringschamber.com.

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ABOUT OCEAN SPRINGS MAIN STREET

Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau is a three-tier, non-profit organization created in 1947 that promotes tourism, preservation, community vitality and local culture. In 1989, Ocean Springs became a national main street community. Today, the Ocean Springs Chamber– Main Street – Tourism Bureau located in the heart of downtown not only serves to promote and preserve, but also informs as the official town visitors center. Ocean Springs Main Street is a recipient of the 2013 Great American Main Street Award and voted as “One of America’s Most Charming Main Streets” for 2024.