A Welcome Celebration For New Coast Retirees

The newest neighbors on the Coast got a big welcome Wednesday. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Retiree Partnership hosted its second "Relocated Retiree Picnic," at the Handsboro Community Center in Gulfport.

The group invited people ages 55 and over, who have chosen to retire on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  The picnic gave the newcomers a chance to meet other senior citizens, and learn more about the area. The residents feasted on chicken and hamburgers, enjoyed music, and visited various information booths from local businesses and non-profit organizations.

New residents, like the Cardinals of Minnesota, moved to Diamondhead in December, 2000. Ken Cardinal says they've found a place where the people are friendly, the flowers are gorgeous, and economically, it's very good place to live. He says the weather is warm, and coming from Minnesota, that's a real treat.

The picnic is one of four events held every year to thank the retirees for moving to the Coast. Right now, there are about 40,000 residents in Harrison County who are over the age of 55.

By: Trang Pham-Bui