Scenic Coastal Highway Reopens in California After Last Year’s Landslide

Joe Johnston

Crews work to finish up a massive seawall at the base of the Mud Creek Slide alon Highway 1 on the coast of Big Sur, California. Joe Johnston

Skift Take: Although the local community in Big Sur managed to make the best of a potential tourism disaster, it’s good to know that things are finally back to normal following last May’s devastating landslide.

— Deanna Ting

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JetBlue Founder Confirms New Airline and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Anthony Quintano

Launch of JetBlue FlyFi on Dec. 11, 2013. JetBlue founder David Neeleman is starting a new U.S. airline. Anthony Quintano

Skift Take: This week in aviation, JetBlue’s founder confirms he’ll start a new U.S. airline, and investors are feeling more optimistic about United after its second-quarter earnings call.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Japan Legalizes Casino Gambling in a Boon to Resort Developers

Akio Kon

Huis Ten Bosch amusement park in Nagasaki, Japan, features robot concierges and a roller coaster. It may someday also have a casino resort thanks to a new law permitting gambling. Akio Kon

Skift Take: After years of debate, Japan legalized casino gambling and created a path for three casino resorts to be built. Operators are lining up for their chance to get in on the building boom.

— Sean O’Neill

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Baltimore Considers Hotel Tax and Other Regulations for Short-Term Rentals

The Baltimore City Council is considering a bill to impose the hotel tax of 9.5 percent on short-term rentals and require hosts to license their properties with the city. Under the current draft, each owner would be granted no more than two licenses, one for his or her primary residence and one for a secondary […]

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Mesa Air Wants to Try Again for an IPO 8 Years After Bankruptcy

Mesa Air Group flies regional jets for American Airlines and United Airlines. The company intends to go public.

Skift Take: U.S. bankruptcy law is funny, right? Less than a decade ago, Mesa Air Group filed for bankruptcy and investors lost out. But now the airline, with the same CEO, wants investors to give it another chance. Will they bite? Or do they have long memories?

— Brian Sumers

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