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Encore! Gulfport Music Festival returning

The Gulfport Music Festival, which packed in crowds over a May weekend, will return annually through 2016, the City Council decided Tuesday.

The council voted 6-1 for a five-year contract, with Councilwoman Ella Holmes-Hines opposed.

The festival, which featured headline acts, will return in early May, but it's moving from downtown to Jones Park, where twice as much space will be available, said city spokesman Ryan LaFontaine, who helped organize the festival.

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