Newsletter – July 9, 2013

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Meet Your Firefighters & Police

When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, July 13
Where: Fire Station 10, 12001 Dedeaux Rd. Gulfport, MS 39503
Come out, meet your first responders, and enjoy a hotdog.

Jones Park

Vote Jones Park for $100k from Coca-Cola

Your park, your votes: the search for America’s Favorite Park is on, and your votes could make the difference. It’s time to step up and help your favorite park win up to $100,000 from Coca-Cola. Visit to vote!

Dedeaux Road Widening Project Continues to Move Forward

On Monday, July 8, 2013, Gulfport PIO Chris Vignes released the following press release.

Dedeaux Road widening project continues

 GULFPORT — As engineers continue to move forward with plans to widen Dedeaux Road into a safe major thoroughfare, city officials remain committed to keeping property owners engaged in the process.

The quest to widen Dedeaux Road began in 2005 when Congress approved an initial $2 million for the project. The city then gathered additional funds and began preparing for a $7 million makeover of Dedeaux from Three Rivers, east to DeDe Drive. Construction should start before year’s end.

Dedeaux Road widening project timelineThe Mayor and his administration are still negotiating with property owners along Dedeaux Road for the right-of-way needed to complete the project, which will eventually expand the section of road into a 5-lane boulevard.

Ward 6 Councilman R.Lee Flowers, who recently began his second term in office, said the City of Gulfport has remained dedicated to including the public in every step of the process.

“We have held at least six official public meetings dedicated solely to the Dedeaux Road project,” Flowers said. “In addition, we’ve sent out countless amounts of public notices, press releases and other informational materials, and I’ve personally held numerous town hall meetings in the past several years, all in an effort to keep our citizens fully informed of any new developments or changes.”

Flowers, who emails periodic newsletters to Ward 6 residents—most of which include updates on the Dedeaux Road work—said he expects to hold several more town hall meetings and official public hearings as the project moves along.

“The importance of this project cannot be stressed enough,” he said. “The people who have to drive that road everyday know all too well how critical these improvements are, and we only get one shot at this, so it is imperative that we get it right.”

Citizens interested in staying informed on this and other city projects can register to receive Councilman Flowers’ email newsletter at

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Gulfport Police Department holds Citizen Firearms Class

Regardless of the final disposition of the recent “open carry” gun law passed in our state, responsible gun owners are educated and promote gun safety. Gulfport Police Department has designed a course for anyone with an interest in firearms, safe handling and storage of guns, an understanding of Mississippi gun laws or enhancing their shooting skills.

If you own or intend to purchase a firearm, please consider taking this class. You will learn something that will benefit you, the responsible gun owner.

The course covers:

  • General Common Sense Precautions
  • Firearms Etiquette
  • Home Safety and Storage
  • Responsible Gun Ownership (State and Local Laws)
  • Range Etiquette and Rules
  • The Proper Handling of a Firearm
  • Basic Fundamentals of Marksmanship
  • Firearms Maintenance

The next class will be August 21, 2013 and August 22, 2013. Class is from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. You will need to attend both nights.

Please visit for more information and to register for this class.


Mayor Hewes’ Leadership Team

Last week, the City Council ratified the appointment of Mayor Hewes’ leadership team for his administration with a unanimous vote. Most of these individuals continue to serve from previous administrations and will provide seamless leadership in their respective departments and enable Mayor Hewes to keep good things happening for Gulfport.

Mayor Billy Hewes’ leadership team:
Chief Administrative Officer: Dr. John Kelly
City Attorney: Mr. Jeff Bruni, J.D.
Engineering: Mr. Kris Riemann, P.E.
Fire Chief: Mr. Michael Beyerstedt
Leisure Services: Mr. Edmond Salloum
Police Chief: Mr. Leonard Papania
Public Works: Mr. Wayne Miller, P.E.
Urban Development: Mr. Greg Pietrangelo

The best way to contact the staff in these departments is by calling the City’s call center at 311 or, if outside of Gulfport, (228)868-5700.