Hewes: $500M in economic development coming to Gulfport

Hewes: $500M in economic development coming to Gulfport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes says there is more than $500 million in economic development in the works right now for the city. He was so happy to announce the numbers, he decided to have a little fun at Friday morning's chamber breakfast at Island View Casino.

While commending his team of department heads, each stood when recognized with light sabers in hand, ready to tackle anything.

"Collaboration. We've got a great attitude, great morale right now, and I think it's reflective of people who come to town. They see the enthusiasm that we have," Hewes said.

Hewes walked among the crowd as he boasted about some of the development projects, like the $50 million Island View expansion, the Holiday Inn that's expected to break ground at Centennial Plaza the first quarter of next year and the big aquarium project.

Though it's not a done deal, Hewes has high hopes the project will come through.

The city also announced several awards at the breakfast. AMR employee of the year went to Billy Dale Green.

Art Weaver was recognized as firefighter of the year, and two men were honored as police officer of the year. Both Samuel Jewell and Christopher Werner were recognized for their work on the Janaya Thompson case.

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