TONIGHT....FREE Gulfport Halloween events: Cinema By The Shore "Spooky Shore" / National Night Out Against Crime sponsored by the Gulfport Police Department - Thursday, October 29th, 6pm, Barksdale Pavilion in Jones Park!

The FREE family activities kickoff at 6:00pm ~ Halloween bags/safety tips, a bounce house, Police static displays, Pizza / Popcorn / Refreshments/Candy and more! FREE Event

We will show the FREE movie Frankenweenie at 7:15pm & host Costume Contest (Ages 0-15; come dressed to register-Contest at 6:30pm) Thursday, October 29th, in the Barksdale Pavilion ~ Prizes for Best Costumes!

Don't forget our Gulfport Fire Department’s “Catacombs of Terror” Harbor Market Pavilion (west end of Jones Park) - Thursday, October 29th; Friday, October 30th; Saturday, October 31st ~ Doors open at 7pm...Admission $5 (kids 5 and under free) Proceeds benefit Gulfport Firemen’s Fund!!



On October 31, 2015, the Gulfport Police Department will conduct extra patrols in the neighborhoods to ensure the safety of the children participating in “Trick or Treating”.

• Be sure older children TAKE FRIENDS and younger children are accompanied by a TRUSTED ADULT when “Trick or Treating”.
• Accompany younger children to the door of every home they approach and make sure parents and guardians are familiar with every home and all people from which the children receive treats.
• Teach children to NEVER enter a home without prior permission from their parents or guardians.
• Teach children to NEVER approach a vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
• Make sure all children wear reflective clothing and carry a glow stick when out at dusk and at night.
• Make sure children are able to see and breathe properly and easily when using facial masks. All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.
• Teach children to NEVER approach a home that is not well lit both inside and outside.
• Teach children to stay alert and remember any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents, guardians, and/or the proper authority.
• Teach children if anyone tries to grab them to make a scene; loudly yell this person is not my father/mother/guardian; and make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming, and resisting.
• Families may want to organize or attend parties at home, in schools, or in community centers as a good alternative to “Trick or Treating.”

For more information, you can contact our Community Relations Division at 228-868-5703.



Preparations are underway in Gulfport to make Jones Park one of the region's top family attractions for the holidays. 

It will take over 40 people two months to complete the the Gulfport Harbor Lights installation, bringing a first of its kind light display to Mississippi!




4th Annual Gulfport Boo Bash!

If your high school student is a young government official in the making, or simply wants to get more involved in community issues, Mayor Billy Hewes has a place for them. 

The Mayor’s Youth Council is open to students living within the geographic boundaries of the City of Gulfport, grades 9 through 12, and provides an opportunity for the young adults in the city of Gulfport to discuss, address and take action on topics that are important to them. This group also gives students the opportunity to network with other youth councils across the state.

Chris Vignes with the city of Gulfport said, “We feel like today's youth are an untapped resource of wealth and knowledge on community issues. Getting together one-on-one with our young adults and getting their perspective on things that we’re doing and things that we can improve will help us learn a lot as a city and a community. Having them come together, brain storm, have a thought table, and get together, I think we can all move together forward and have a lot of fun with it at the same time.”

If you or your student is interested in the Mayor’s Youth Council, contact Chris Vignes at 228-234-8590 or by email at

Membership Criteria and Application
Packet Deadline for Applying: November 5, 2015, 5:00pm

Application for membership in the Mayor’s Youth Council is open to any student, 9th – 12th, grade who attends high school or resides within the geographic boundaries of the City of Gulfport. Applicants must be current high school students, 9th – 12th grade, or the equivalent for students learning at home.

Purpose of the Mayor’s Youth Council

Mission Statement: To give Gulfport youth the opportunity to provide input and insight on community issues, learn about municipal government and network with youth councils across the state.

Halloween is this Saturday and in keeping with the “spirit”, we want you to have fun at work on Friday!  We would like to extend the option of “non-uniformed” employees to ditch your business clothes and dress up for the day!  Please have fun with it, but use common sense.  Avoid anything that would be offensive or controversial to your fellow employees or to our residents, make sure it’s not distracting and just keep your work environment in mind when deciding what to wear.  And be sure to email your photos to Chris Vignes at so that we can share them with everyone!
Wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Halloween! - Billy 



Our Gulfport Fire Department has gotten involved in Breast Cancer awareness by wearing pink shirts during the month of October! 

You can help in the fight to end breast cancer by participating in the 2nd Annual Race for the Cure Mississippi Gulf Coast Saturday, November 14, 8:00am!

Race for the Cure is the affiliate’s largest fundraiser. 100% of our net event proceeds are applied towards breast health services. Up to 75% of net event proceeds stay here in Mississippi to help uninsured and underinsured men and women in our community. Put on your pink, lace up your shoes and join the fight to end this disease! With breast cancer affecting one in eight women and its occurrence in men continuing to rise, we feel that it is vital to involve all of our communities in the fight against breast cancer. 

To register, sponsor, or volunteer visit, call 866-475-6636 and follow Central MS Affiliate Susan G Komen for the Cure for updates!


Coast Young Professionals: Come one, come all to the SPOOKY Halloween Social tonight, Thursday, at Mosaic Restaurant & Bar Gulfport

FREE EVENT including a costume contest (You can dress up or not), live music, appetizers, drink specials, great networking opportunities, and much more!

Thursday, October at 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Mosaic Restaurant & Bar ~ Gulfport
1310 27th Ave, Gulfport, MS 39501

CYP is an organization committed to developing leaders on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Join this grassroots effort to ensure the Gulf Coast becomes a destination for OUR future. Call 228.604.0014 or visit for more information.


Gulfport 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.