Coast groups: New state flag better for business

The Gulf Coast Business Council has become the latest business group to endorse asking the state Legislature to remove the Confederate emblem from Mississippi’s state flag.

GCBC chairman Ron Peresich said the board’s vote Tuesday was unanimous, with about 20 board members present.

“It’s time for a change,” he said. “It offends too many people.”

The board of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce voted June 24 for the Confederate emblem’s removal from the flag. A day earlier, House Speaker Philip Gunn had issued a statement calling for the change.