Irma Thomas, The Soul Queen of New Orleans, will be appearing at the 2nd Annual Anchor Fest on Sunday September 27 at 3pm! 

We have an incredible weekend of FREE music & FREE family fun for everyone, including: The Children's Village, The Historical Exhibit, the wonderful Artist Market, Wooden Boat Exhibit, local cuisine and so much more!

Saturday, September 26, 2015, Line-up
11:30am – 1:00pm Blackwater Brass Band
1:30pm – 2:00pm Pirates Costume Contest  
2:00pm – 3:15pm St. Rose Gospel Choir
3:30pm – 4:50pm Mikey B3 Band 
5:15pm – 7:00pm Brass-A-Holics 

Sunday, September 27, 2015, Line-up
11:30pm – 12:50pm Michael Vincent Band 
1:15pm – 2:30pm Voo Davis Band 
3:00pm – 4:30pm Irma Thomas, 
The Soul Queen of New Orleans
5:00pm - 6:00pm Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys

 

It's almost time for Gulfport's View the Cruise!! 

 
 


The Ultimate Guide to Local Cuisine at Anchor Fest this weekend!

Half Shell Oyster House 
Chargrilled & Orleans Grilled Oysters

Mosaic Tapas 
Cuban Sandwiches - Mosaic Style
Fish Tacos

Petie’s Eats 
Chicken Tenders
French Fries
Petie’s Famous Hamburger/Cheeseburger Basket

Murky Waters 
Pulled Pork Sandwich/Plate with Sides

Salute Italian Restaurant
Meatball Po-Boy
Gulf Shrimp Skewers 
Calamari

Tony’s Brick Oven Pizza 
Mediterranean Sandwich
Cheese Pizza
Pepperoni Pizza

Pop Brothers Gourmet Popsicles
A large variety of the popsicles you’ve come to know and love!

Bon Appétit Y’all!!

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Gulfport officials give update to Dedeaux Road project

 

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The city of Gulfport wants to give its residents an update on the Dedeaux Road widening project.

Gulfport's Budget Analyst, Ryan Merrill tells us the project will be highlighted with a five lane road expansion between U.S. 49 and Three Rivers Road, that they've divided into three different phases. 

"Phase one has been funded and in the works, as utility crews work to relocate gas, AT&T and Cable One on the stretch between Three Rivers and Dede Drive," Merrill said.

Merrill says the goal is to have all utilities shifted by the end of November.

"We know that this is going to be troublesome driving during construction, but it's worth the wait and the anticipation to get the city moving forward, and to get this roadway to be a better path for everyone to travel," Merrill said.

Though phase one is moving along, the next portion of the project seems to be a blur for the city.

Phase two of the road project is to begin road construction on the east end of Three Rivers Road, from S.R. 605 to Gulfport's Fire Station 10. However, without funding in place, the city will be at a stand still.

The city's Director of Engineering Kris Riemann tells us the city needs to purchase the right of way in that section of road before they can begin phase two of the road project.

"We have the plans, environmental permit, but we don't have the money to purchase the right of way," Riemann said.

Riemann also says the city plans to purchase 32 houses along the stretch of road between the fire station and Dede Road.

"That would be relocation for those families and that mean it would be a high cost of money to make that happen," he said.

Riemann says the project will cost $20 million to complete and right now, the city only has $7 million to go toward the project. 

"To date we have about $7 million that's available for the project; $5 million is federal highway money and the other $2 million is city funds," Riemann said.

Merrill says the projected date to start construction is June of 2016 and finish by June or 2017WLOX-TVhttp://tinyurl.com/p6kfllt

 
 
 
Fishbone Alley Renovation Coming to Downtown Gulfport!
 

Restaurants and businesses are popping up in downtown Gulfport at a rapid pace. To add more beautification and another tourist stop to the area, the city has a big project in the works. 

Between 26th and 27th Avenue sits your typical alley way: full of trash, graffiti and stagnant water. It’s a Gulfport eye sore. “It’s dirty. It’s greasy. It’s nasty. There is trash and all kinds of disgusting things out here,” said Brandon Atwell, owner of Murky Water Blues and BBQ. 

In the next 45 days, the dirt and trash will be a thing of the past because the alley way will undergo an extreme makeover. Gulfport Economical Development Director David Parker said, “Construction is about to begin on Fishbone Alley, which is a new renovation, complete urban renewal of an existing back alley. It’s going to be a new tourist destination with lights and art, music and dining in the alley. It’s going to be really cool.”

Parker says Fishbone Alley will also have a cobblestone pathway right down the middle of the street made from original bricks dug up by the city and trashcans will be creatively covered. The alley will take on a completely different look. 

If you are sitting outside eating on the back patio at Murky Waters, the view is right into the dirty alley. Owners are hoping to take full advantage of the new alley way when it is complete. “We’ll put tables and chairs and we’ll serve and seat people out here,” said Atwell. 

“We’re going to be enhancing our back gate where it’s going to kind of match the front, so people can come through both sides. It’s just going to be a wonderful little pedestrian pathway, I think, that’s going to bring back some of the older elements of downtown Gulfport,” said Ken Conn, Mosaic’s general manager.

The city has opened up bids for construction on the Fishbone Alley project and construction will begin in six weeks. WXXV 25http://tinyurl.com/ojwnyas

Feed My Sheep marks one million meals
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -A busy Gulfport soup kitchen marked a milestone Tuesday. Feed My Sheep served its one-millionth meal since re-opening in 2009.

 

Ken Warner was the lucky recipient of that meal, and said he never expected all the attention that came with it. Like so many others in need, he calls the Gulfport soup kitchen a true blessing.      

It started as a typical Tuesday at Feed My Sheep. Shortly before noon, the dining hall is crowded, as volunteers prepared to serve. Such crowds are not at all unusual.

"There's more of a need now than ever before. We see more people that come in with new faces. New people come in every day," said soup kitchen manager, Wayne Elias.

“Hey, how you doin today?” asked five year volunteer, Toni Adams, as she greeted another lunch patrol. She said serving those in need blesses her heart.

Adams is quick with a smile and friendly greeting.

"Means a lot to me. They do a good job here with charity. And they help you anyway they can," she said, between dishing out plates of gumbo.

Those who receive them are grateful.

"All these nice people get to eat. There's no reason why anyone should go hungry in this world. Cause this is the place to go," said diner Taylor Luttrell.

Feed My Sheep serves hundreds each day. On this special occasion, they are looking for diner number 146. Ken Warner, who until just recently was living in the woods, was the lucky one.

"This gentleman here is the one millionth meal since we re-opened in 2009," said Feed My Sheep Board Chairman Ted Riemann, as he presented the surprised Warner with gifts, including a $300 gift card from WalMart.

"Feed My Sheep means just a blessing. Food and energy each day. Just to get me out there just to live. To live every day. And it's a blessing that we have Feed My Sheep," said Warner.

They'll be back at it tomorrow and the next day; as long as there is need, and generous donations to meet that need.

"Come to Feed My Sheep. And we'll give you a good meal. And we'll listen to you," said Toni Adams.

"This place is a wonderful place," said manager Elias, "A blessing from God."
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The Gulfport City Council approved the appointments of Kirk Clark to serve as Municipal Court Judge and Charlie Furman to serve as the city's representative on the Coast Transit Authority's Board of Commissioners. Congratulations to both!