WLOX Editorial: Embrace the concept of One Coast

Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes is advancing an idea that many South Mississippians have been talking about for a long time. That is the "One Coast" concept.

We agree with Mayor Hewes. The city and county governments of the Mississippi Gulf Coast work together on many things, but they must do a better job of helping one another. We have a tri-county tourism group. That's a good start, but there must be more of an effort.

A concerted voice in seeking positive legislation for South Mississippi is much more powerful than the individual efforts of each city and county. We understand that sometimes the cities and counties compete with one another to attract businesses to locate here. But, the competition should never go so far that South Mississippi loses the business to another region or state.

We urge our civic and business leaders to adopt "One Coast" as a way of thinking.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com.

Rick Williams
WLOX-TV General Manager

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