View the Cruise, part of America’s largest Classic Car block party, is this Sunday, October 4, in beautiful downtown Gulfport!

Bring your dancing shoes and join us for a fun filled day...FREE Admission! 

Sunday, October 4, from 11am – 6pm

Music Schedule:
The Michael Vincent Band 11am – 12:15pm

Mikey B3 Band 12:45pm – 2pm

Southern Halo 2:30pm – 3:45pm

Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys 4:15 – 5:30pm (Playing a rain date after our soggy Anchor Fest Sunday)

Historical exhibits by the Gulfport Historical Society, great local cuisine from more than a dozen great local restaurants and bars....& Gulfport High will be featuring a Human Foosball Game, Basketball, and Corn Hole, just to name a few!
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Trustmark Bank opens in historic Downtown Gulfport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - More businesses are choosing to set up shop in Downtown Gulfport. On Tuesday, Trustmark bank opened its operation in the historic Hatten Building. The 75-year-old building had been vacant since before Hurricane Katrina.
 

"I think it's important to try and preserve our history and this was a great opportunity to move into a great space in downtown, utilize it and put it to a new use," said Eric Brown, President of Trustmark Bank for the Mississippi Coast.

The Hatten Building renovation is just the latest of it's kind in Downtown Gulfport and more is on the way. City officials said a boutique hotel has purchased a property just across from the Hatten Building on 24th Street.


"15 years ago it was dead," said Wedgeworth. "You come down here now and you see new businesses popping up everyday, building things and the new aquarium coming soon. These older buildings are coming back to life and that's what it's all about."

Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts attended the Grand Opening for Trustmark Bank on Tuesday. http://www.wlox.com/story/30147095/trustmark-bank-opens-in-historic-downtown-gulfport-building

 

Join us this tonight for Peelin' & Politickin' presented by Gulfport Chamber of Commerce!

October 1, 2015; 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

General Admission: FREE

Peelin’ & Politickin’ was created to allow Chamber members along with the general public the opportunity to meet their current and potential elected officials. Boiled shrimp plates with the fixings along with beverages will be available for purchase.


 

 

Commissioning ceremony

The commissioning ceremony for the USS Jackson is open to the public. Those wanting to attend are encouraged to contact Retired Navy Commander Robert Hawley of Madison for tickets.

When: 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 5

Where: Gulfport

Who: U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will be on hand to commission the USS Jackson, along with dignitaries from the Navy, U.S. government and Mississippi. University of Southern Mississippi professor Katherine Cochran is the ship's sponsor.

Email: ussjacksoncommissioning@gmail.com

Website: www.ussjacksoncommissioning.com

We had an incredible 2nd Annual Anchor Fest! The Saturday event included 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! Mother nature cancelled Sunday's activities - We are already looking forward to next year!



 

Congratulations on this huge honor for Allen Beverages of Gulfport!
 

“We’ve weathered more than a few storms here in Gulfport,” said President and CEO Drew Allen. “This award is a great testament to the resiliency and tenacity of our people, our customers and our community, with whom my family and I are honored to share it.”


“Pepsi’s independent bottling partners are extraordinary businesspeople,” said Mario Mercurio, senior vice president and general manager of PNAB’s Franchise Business Unit. “No one franchise has performed more remarkably in the past year than Drew and his Allen Beverages team. They bring a high-share mentality and expertise to a comparatively small market, providing outstanding customer service while giving back generously to their
community.” WLOX: http://www.wlox.com/story/30154648/pepsico-names-allen-beverages-bottler-of-the-year


“Today is a milestone for the future of Gulfport, the State of Mississippi and the region. This aquarium will bring a much needed place where families can come together to explore and to learn about the wonders of the aquatic world,” said Carole Lynn Meadows, Chairperson. 

“We see this aquarium as a catalyst of development in Gulfport and an enhancement to the growing tourism industry in the Coastal region. Now, the fun begins as we work with our designers in bringing the community’s vision of the Mississippi Aquarium at Gulfport to reality."

Gulfport Redevelopment Commission selects firms to build aquarium


GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Aquarium at Gulfport is one step closer to becoming a reality. After reviewing many proposals, the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission has selected the architectural firms that will build the downtown attraction. http://www.wlox.com/story/30152524/gulfport-redevelopment-commission-selects-firms-to-build-aquarium

Gulfport makes fire prevention fun for visiting students


GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -Hundreds of elementary school students in Gulfport are learning what it takes to be a firefighter. Thanks to the Gulfport Fire Department, the youngsters are having fun, all while learning some serious lessons about fire prevention and safety.

“You're going to run to the green line, you're going to stop and you're going to drop on your belly, and then you're going to roll,” the firefighter told the excited students.

The classic stop, drop and roll is among the interactive exhibits set up at Barksdale Pavilion in Gulfport's Jones Park. Making fire prevention fun means dramatic demonstrations and hands-on opportunities.

“How warm is his head,” asked the instructor.

“104 degrees,” the student replied.

“Put it on his shirt. See what his shirt is. Drops a bit, huh? 95 degrees,” said the firefighter as he told the student how to point and use the heat sensor device.

The heat sensor imaging device is a favorite. It’s fun to play with but also a real life saver.

“We use that to find y'all when you're in a fire, like we're going into a fire and we can't see anything,” said the firefighter. “We put that on, and it shows you the whole outline of your body.”

The rappelling exhibit is a favorite among these students. 

“That dude looks like Spiderman coming down,” said one excited youngster.

“His harness, which is hooked onto his body, that's how he stays in contact with the rope. He's going to use this thing right here, which is called a brake bar rack. It has all these little bars on it, and he runs his rope through there. That's how he controls how fast he can come down that line,” the rope team leader explained to the kids.

Taking a turn on the fire hose is another highlight. It's a little tougher than it looks, but the students quickly got the hang of it.

“I've got a diver on this boat here,” said a firefighter, looking toward the harbor. “He's going to come into the water and swim and let you all see our dive team, OK?”

Living on the Coast means firefighters working on the water from time to time. The fire boat and dive team were also a hit with these young visitors.

“I'm very excited. You know, this is fire prevention month, and this is our kickoff. We hope to impact a lot of students this year,” said Chief Michael Beyerstedt.

More than 1,200 students have toured the exhibits over the past two days.

The theme for this year's fire prevention campaign is Hear the beep where you sleep. Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. http://www.wlox.com/story/30145938/gulfport-makes-fire-prevention-fun-for-visiting-students

 

We wish Paula Doyle a Happy Retirement! 

Paula has given the City of Gulfport over 27 years of dedicated service!

How adorable is one year old Divine Williams?! last week her mother, NuJuana, applied for a business license by visiting the City of Gulfport's Urban Development Department. 

The Urban Development office is responsible for the creation and implementation of building codes and land-use standards, along with overseeing housing development and the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. The department has helped dozens of families purchase their own home through partnerships, educational programs and financial awareness classes. 

In recent months, the new construction of more than 1,800 affordable homes has been approved. The department has oversight responsibility over the Office of Code Enforcement and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The department also works with residents, neighborhood groups, public agencies and other city departments to create and design plans for community form-based codes and to implement building and land-use standards once they are adopted.

Visit our city website for more info on all our City of Gulfport services: http://www.gulfport-ms.gov