GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - After a fun-filled holiday weekend, Coast cities are cleaning up and getting back to normal.
From a business and public safety stand point, things couldn't have gone better in Gulfport. Sunny skies and warm weather drew thousands of people to Mississippi's second largest city for the Fourth of July weekend.
"We did have a large influx of traffic. Officers worked just over 40 crashes, which really is about average for a weekend," said Gulfport Police Department's Sgt. Josh Bromen.
Bromen says he was pleasantly surprised with the crowd's behavior and few reported incidents.
"All things considered, with the number of people who were in town, the number of arrests that were made, everything went pretty well," said Sgt. Bromen.
Bromen credits ride sharing apps and taxi services for the small number of DUI arrests that were made.
"The citizens and the guests, they're taking advantage of the technology which is making it more enjoyable for everybody," said Sgt. Bromen.
Gulfport's Leisure Services Department estimated about 4,000 people came out to see the fireworks display, and there were few problems with traffic congestion afterward.
"To only have three arrests out of that time period, that's remarkable. Everyone was well behaved and had a really good time," said Sgt. Bromen.
Businesses benefited from the crowds as well. Felix's Oyster Bar and grill on Highway 90 just opened a month ago, and had their busiest weekend yet.
"We had a lot of people from in town, making their way to the Coastline. One thing with the weather, I felt like a lot of people were really anxious to get outside," said Alex Saybe, general manager.
Saybe says they even hosted their own Independence Day event.
"Our whole patio area was jam packed. We had a downstairs area with a band and our open bar area as well. So, we had a really really good time," said Saybe.