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Gulfport Mayor addresses business in the city

Mayor Hewes says the city will soon speak for itself. (Photo source: WLOX News) Mayor Hewes says the city will soon speak for itself. (Photo source: WLOX News)

Connect, inform, advocate and develop. That's the mission of the Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and on Friday morning, Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes addressed what there is to enjoy and share in the city.

A word of prayer led by Dr. John Kelly settled the hearts and minds of those who came to Mayor's Business Address.

"We just pray that you continue to bless this community we call the coast of Mississippi," Dr. Kelly said in prayer.

After the blessing Mayor Hewes took the floor to talk about the business of the city, quoting what he calls the city's informal motto. 

"Gulfport, as you know, is open for business and geared for a good time," Mayor Hewes said.

Mayor Hewes says the good time comes from the projects that are done, or in the works, for those who live, work and play in the city.

"A lot going on, a lot to be excited about. A lot of retail opportunities, restaurants that will be coming alive in the next few months," he said.

Mayor Hewes says his goal is to make sure the city is a destination place for entertainment, and says if that means bragging on what the city has to offer, it'll be done to attract more visitors.
"People who come here, time again, they always say 'I had no idea how great it was here'. So we have to make sure to say, 'well, go tell people!' Sometimes we have to toot our own horn," he said.

With five of the six fishing piers reopened, Fishbone Alley, a state of the art Aquarium, and the plan of a Visitor's Center, Mayor Hewes says soon enough the city will speak for itself.

To keep up with the projects in Gulfport or if you ever have any questions, Mayor Hewes encourages you to call 3-1-1 to reach city hall or visit the city's website.

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