Gulfport At a GLANCE
Benefits Buzz: 2-3
Fire & Police News
In recent weeks, we have achieved many great
Inside this edition of Gulfport at a Glance you will
learn about several of those achievements, includ-
ing the opening of our newly restored Jones Park.
On page 5, Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt writes about the employee party
at the park just days before it was to host the 2012 Gulfport Music Fes-
That weekend, more than 30,000 people came to Jones Park for the
sure Services and Harbor employees, who worked frantically in the
days leading up to the festival to prepare the park. When the festival
gates open, these employees simply worked harder, making sure our
park was clean at all times.
The Gulfport Police Department put into action a fantastic and well-
organized plan for traffic and safety, and the festival weekend ended
with only a few minor incidents.
A week after the festival, thousands more returned to Jones Park for
the Sounds by the Sea concert. The annual Memorial Day weekend
concert provided a perfect opportunity for the city to officially cut a
ribbon on Jones Park.
On page 4, you can read more about the work Leisure Services provid-
Also in June we received very good news when the Gulfport Redevel-
opment Commission and Glastonbury LLC announced a new lease
agreement that will allow the private company to begin developing
Centennial Plaza, which many of you know as the former VA property
on the beach.
There will be additional news in the coming weeks about the future of
Centennial Plaza, but for now the City of Gulfport is very excited about
this new partnership and we look forward to a bright future with Glas-
We hope you enjoy this issue of Gulfport At a Glance, and thank you
for all that you do to make Gulfport great.
George Schloegel, Mayor
Leisure Services :4-5
Events and Happenings
Small changes can make a big difference to your health and wellness. If people made
the choices to eat better, engage in more physical activity, reduce the harmful use of
alcohol and quit smoking, at least 80% of all heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes,
and over a third of cancers could be prevented according to the World Health Organi-
zation. Poor eating habits and lack of physical activity are the major contributing fac-
tors to being overweight and obese in the U.S.
Make Healthy Eating Choices
leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer and stroke. Healthy eating tips include:
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
Make half of the grains you eat whole grains such as whole
wheat bread, oatmeal and brown rice.
Choose fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt or cheese.
Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
Choose lean sources of protein- such as seafood, turkey
Choose foods with less sodium. Look for “low sodium” and
Eat some seafood each week such as salmon, tuna or crab.
Pay attention to portion size. When eating out, avoid
“supersizing” your meal or take some home for later.
For substantial health benefits, adults are encouraged to engage in 30 minutes of mod-
erate exercise* five days a week. This can be done through activities such as:
• Taking a brisk walk at lunch
• Working in the yard
• Cleaning the house
*Moderate activity is safe for most people. If you have a chronic health condition such as heart disease,
If you are overweight, losing
just 5-7 percent of body weight
(10 - 15 lbs for a 200 lb person)
can reduce your risk of diabe-
National Institute of Health)
Low sodium diets have blood
is recommended to consume
less than one teaspoon of table
salt per day.
National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute)
Physical activity not only helps
control your blood pressure, it
also helps you manage your
weight, strengthen your heart
and manage your stress level.
Going to the gym
• Joining a sports league
Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railing and out from under eaves and overhanging
Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
Never leave your grill unattended.
There are several ways to prepare charcoal for use. Charcoal chimney starters
you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal
fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
There are also electric charcoal starters which do not use fire. Be sure to use
an extension cord for outdoor use.
When you are finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing
Over 265 senior citizens from the six coastal counties participated in the 2012 Mississippi Gulf Coast
Senior Games held April 10th - 14th. These active seniors ranging from ages 50 to 91 participated in
many different events including ballroom dancing to 3-on-3 basketball to horseshoes. Each site location
hosted an activity with the Gulfport Senior Center and Westside Community Center hosting the shuffle-
board, horseshoes and table tennis activities.
DEPARTMENT OF LEISURE SERVICES
Summer is upon us and the boating world is gearing up for another wonderful season on the
ing a significant increase in boating traffic both in and out of the harbor’s slips and at the boat
launch, which is now fully open. With the recent Music Festival, followed shortly thereafter by
the Gulf Coast Symphony's “Sounds by the Sea”, there has been a huge increase in transient
a weekend increase of nearly thirty boats ranging in size from 25
75 feet. Those who brought
As it turned out, a few of those boats decided to stay with us on a full time basis!
With all the fun associated with boating, there is a serious side that requires due attention. Now that summer has kicked
Have a serviceable life jacket for everyone on board.
Maintain an operable fire extinguisher.
Leave a float plan with someone who will realize it if you're late in returning.
Have a means of communication on board (at least a cell phone, preferably a VHF radio tuned to channel 16).
Keep an eye on the weather. Afternoon thunderstorms in the Mississippi Sound can result in a bad ending to a
and your guests happy, dry, and safe.
Remember: There's always another day and another
boat, at the beach, up the river, or in a swimming pool, kids can get quickly distracted and not
realize they've ventured into unsafe waters. A watchful eye by their caregivers
is in order at all
Football Registration Dates
16, 12pm to 7pm at Herbert
and Lyman Community Center, for ages 10 to 12, $15 per
Gulfport Department of Leisure Services Pee Wee Flag Football League: August 14
16, 12pm to 6pm at Lyman
to 11, $15 per child, all first year participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate to
registration for verification.
Gulfport Department of Leisure Services Pee Wee Tackle & Flag Football Leagues are
seeking volunteer Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches for the upcoming 2012 season.
Deadline to apply is August 10.
Adult Men’s Flag Football Team Registration, from July 16
For additional information regarding any of these programs contact Larry Davis at lda-
ms.gov or call 868
UNVEILING OF JONES PARK
By Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt
land to Gulfport that is now known as “Jones Park”
so there would always be recreational opportunities
for the citizens of Gulfport. An event that has been
77 years in the making took place on Tuesday,
May 15th in Jones Park: The “Front Yard of Missis-
sippi” was unveiled for our employees and family
members in an evening of music, delicious food
and all around good, clean family fun.
Surely, the Jones family must have been smiling down that evening as their dreams from 1935 came
their titles as department directors for the evening to serve our employees who came out to see the
new Jones Park.
Employees were entertained by the band Hello Newman, with a familiar face, that of our own Public
pies, potato salad, baked beans, grilled hot dogs, and other fixings.
The Fire and Police Departments provided tours of the park to hundreds of people in the Gulfport Fire
again heard echoing through Jones Park as children cooled themselves in the newly opened splash
pad. It was truly a memorable and wonderful evening for everyone who attended.
Upcoming Family Activities at Jones Park
Wednesday, July 4
from 5pm - 8pm
Wednesday, July 11
Wednesday, July 18
LIGHTS & SIRENS: Fire & Police News
by Mike Saucier
Police Memorial Service
nities across the United States during National Police Week to hon-
or and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ulti-
mate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow of-
ficers they left behind. This year, the names of 362 officers killed in
the line of duty were added to the National Law Enforcement Offic-
ers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 362 officers include 162
officers who were killed during 2011, plus 199 officers who died in
previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history
until now. Of these names, four Mississippi Law Enforcement Offic-
ers were added to the monument.
On Tuesday, May 15, 2012 on the front steps of the Robert J. Curry Public Safety Center a cere-
mony was held to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the City of Gulfport. We
have tragically lost 8 officers over a 13 decade span. We continue to mourn and hold measures
to prevent this from happening in the future. As stated by Deputy Chief of Police Leonard Pa-
pania, “This is more than just a ceremony for us. It is how we hold on to our fallen and keep
their legacy alive.”
Law Enforcement Officers’ Annual Torch Run
By: Michael Beyerstedt
Runners bearing the Flame of Hope headed to the Coast to
kick off the Mississippi Special Olympics Summer Games
at Keesler Air Force Base. The Law Enforcement Officers’
Annual Torch Run is a show of support for some 1,200 ath-
letes who are children and adults with intellectual disabili-
ties. The Gulfport Police Department and Gulfport Fire De-
partment took the Torch on Friday May 11, 2012 on U.S.
Hwy 90 at the edge of Long Beach and ran it to DeBuys
Road handing it off to the Biloxi Police Department.
The runners pictured from left to right: Ian Murray, Brandon Clark, John Bennett, Ryan Sta-
art, Bradley Walker, Kevin Lundy.
Congratulations to Susan Swear on her
recognition as Civilian Employee of the
Month for April 2012. In July 2011, Susan
was hired as the Grant Coordinator and
immediately became a valuable asset.
Since she has been in this position, the
department has been given numerous ac-
colades, which can be directly related to
her outstanding job performance. Susan
shows genuine gratitude and enthusiasm
every day. Employees from other depart-
ments have complimented how well she
communicates and facilitates the grants.
Susan’s hard work is greatly appreciated,
which makes her an epitome of what all
employees at the Police Department
should aspire to become.
Congratulations to Lark Bennett on her recognition
Lark has worked for the City of Gulfport since June
1993. She is currently assigned as the Court Liai-
son in the Support Bureau. Her organizational skills
have proven to be crucial for the department and
her recordkeeping and job knowledge has saved
the Police Department thousands of dollars over the
years. As a dedicated employee Lark is not only
watching out for the Police Department’s budget,
but she cares enough to watch out for our front line
troops as well. She always completes her assign-
ments on time and readily assists anyone who may
need it, without complaining. Lark is a valuable as-
set to her department, and her hard work and dili-
gence is highly appreciated.
Civilian Employees of the Month
Officer Elfren Acosta was recognized as Officer of
the month for March 2012. He has been employed
with the City of Gulfport Police Department for 9
been a Field Training Officer for several years and
has also served in specialized units within the de-
partment. During the month of March, he made
four significant arrests in two separate incidents.
His quick response and alertness while in the areas
at the times that these crimes occurred made it pos-
sible to find the suspects. Through his effort and
hard work, he was able to put an end to the crime
sprees. Officer Acosta is a valuable asset to the
Gulfport Police Department, has a positive attitude
towards his job, and shows a true passion for his
job, which is evident in his strong work ethic. Officer
Acosta sheds a positive professional light on the
department and the city.
Detective Rachel Evelyn was recognized as Of-
employed with the City for approximately 5 years
and has been assigned to the Criminal Investiga-
tion Division for a little over a year. Detective
Evelyn was recently assigned to conduct a follow
up investigation to a burglary which occurred four
days prior where multiple firearms were taken.
Through her diligent effort and multiple interviews
she identified a possible suspect who was only
known by a nickname. She was able to take the
suspect into custody. The suspect ultimately con-
fessed and identified yet another suspect who
was also arrested and confessed to the crime
identifying a third suspect by nickname only. De-
tective Evelyn continued to investigate this case
with the veracity of a seasoned investigator,
knowing the importance of not only bringing clo-
sure to the victim, but removing these firearms
from the streets. It is through diligent work such
as Detective Evelyn’s that the quality of life con-
tinues to improve for the citizens of our communi-
URBAN DEVELOPMENT NEWS!
A simple but
people more than
what they expect
Sicily’s at Community
AKL Lawn Service
TA Sushi Bar
New Cheers Lounge
Martial Arts Life
Panda House II
Planning Technician, Matilida Welch’s daughter, Jasmine, a member
ning Best in Class. The Madrigals also scored a rating of superior, re-
ceiving the Bronze Award. The Treble Choir also scored a composite
score of Superior, receiving the Silver Award.
To the City of Gulfport employees, Urban Development Directors, Managers, and especially my co-
workers in the Planning Division - I would like to let you know how much I have enjoyed working with
all of you. I started off as a secretary in the Planning Division and worked my way up to Planner II with
the help of many capable people. What began as a three or four year working period, for me, turned out
to be nearly ten years. The longer I stayed the more I learned and wanted to stay a little longer. Though I
look forward to retirement, my leaving is bittersweet. Still, the time has now come for me to say goodbye
and to express my sincere thanks and appreciation in having the pleasure of working with each of you
and for the City of Gulfport.
How did you come to work for the City?
I had a small child at the time. With the City,
worked well with school holidays. I was also
interested in the retirement plan; I guess you
could say the benefits.
What are the duties you typically do each day?
and handle administrative work for the depart-
How many years have you been with Building
Seventeen and a half years.
What are some of the biggest changes you’ve
witnessed in the department?
The department has progressed tremendously
since I started. We have gone from hand writ-
ten permits to being computerized for every-
thing. We have increased staffing from eight to
twenty-nine. That shows real growth!
What are your plans for retirement?
No schedule! My plans are to do what I want,
when I want to and just enjoy my family and
If you could give one piece of advice on how
to have a successful career, what would it be?
Love your work and never forget who signs
Words of Wisdom
An exit interview
Plans for the City
What are some recent events in our City’s Plan-
SmartCode was recently repealed from Mississip-
nities. However, SmartCode remains in effect for
the Westside and Florence Garden community
plans. As for those areas that were changed, the
existing transect zones were incorporated into
What new planning developments do you fore-
The Planning Division is in the process of updat-
updates are vital to ensure that the regulations are
current and able to meet present day issues.
What does the future hold for Gulfport, including
I feel that the future is bright for the City. With
been approved, developers will find that it is easi-
er to do business in Gulfport.
How did you become interested in Urban Plan-
I originally went to The University of Southern
teacher. However, a chance meeting with the
Dean of the Community and Regional Planning
Department led to me sitting in on some planning
classes. After that day, I changed my major and
the rest is history.
What are your hobbies and interests?
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Nothing to Fool Around With!
People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves. The body nor-
mally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn't enough. In such cases, a person's body tempera-
ture rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs.
Several factors affect the body's ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather. When the humidity is high, sweat will not
fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use.
To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following
During hot weather you will need to increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity lev-
el. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. During heavy exercise in a hot environment, drink
two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour.
pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
Don't drink liquids that contain alcohol, or large amounts of sugar as these actually cause you
to lose more body fluid. Also avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body. These are necessary for your body and
must be replaced. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each
hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. However, if you are on a
low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt tablets.
Wear Appropriate Clothing and Sunscreen
Wear as little clothing as possible when you are at home. Choose lightweight, light-colored,
loose-fitting clothing. Sun-
must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (it keeps you cooler) along with sunglasses.
30 minutes prior to going outside apply sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say "broad spectrum" or
"UVA/UVB protection" on the label). Continue to reapply it according to the package directions.
Schedule Outdoors Activities Carefully
If you must be outdoors, try to limit your outdoor activity
to morning and evening hours.
Try to rest often in shady areas so your body's thermostat
will have a chance to recover.
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Use a Buddy System
When working in the heat, monitor the condition of your co-workers and have someone do
the same for you. Heat-induced illness can cause a person to become confused or lose con-
sciousness. If you are 65 years of age or older, have a friend or relative call to check on you
twice a day during a heat wave. If you know someone in this age group, check on them at least
twice a day.
Monitor Those at High Risk
Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others:
Infants and young children are sensitive to the effects of high temperatures and rely on others to regulate their envi-
and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature.
People who are overweight may be prone to heat sickness because of their tendency to retain more body heat.
People who overexert during work or exercise may become dehydrated and susceptible to heat sickness.
People who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications,
We all use sunscreen to protect our skin during the warmer months, but don't forget to protect your
bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and
growths on the eye, including cancer. The same risk applies when using tanning beds, so be sure to
protect your eyes from indoor UV light as well.
"UV radiation, whether from natural sunlight or indoor artificial rays, can damage the eye's surface tissues as well as the cornea and lens," said
Michael Kutryb, MD, an ophthalmologist in Edgewater, Florida and clinical correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “Many
people are unaware of the dangers UV light can pose. By wearing UV-blocking sunglasses, you can enjoy the summer safely while lowering your risk
for potentially blinding eye diseases and tumors." It is important to start wearing proper eye protection at an early age to protect your eyes from
years of ultraviolet exposure.
Follow these tips to protect your eyes from the sun:
Select sunglasses that block UV rays. Don’t be deceived by color or cost. The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the price tag or how
dark the sunglasses lenses are.
Make sure your sunglasses block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
Choose wraparound styles. Ideally, sunglasses should wrap all the way around to your temples, so the sun’s rays can’t enter from the side.
Wear a hat in addition to your sunglasses. Broad-brimmed styles provide the best protection for your eyes.
Don’t be fooled by clouds: the sun’s rays can pass through the haze and thin clouds. Sun damage to eyes can occur anytime during the year,
not just in the summertime so, be sure to wear sunglasses whenever you’re outside.
NEVER look directly at the sun. Looking directly at the sun at ANY time, including during an eclipse, can lead to solar retinopathy, which is dam-
Don't forget the children and older family members: everyone is at risk. Protect their eyes with hats and sunglasses.
Take special care at peak sun times between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Reprinted with permission from preventblindness.org
Son of Damon McDaniel, Police Department
Anthony Millender ~ Harrison Central High School
Son of Ronda Cole, Council Department
Keair and Kendra Edwards ~ Harrison Central High School
Twins of Kenneth Edwards, Leisure Services
Robert Enochs ~ William Carey University
Ryan Merrill ~ Leadership Gulf Coast
Chris Loposser ~ Leadership Gulf Coast
Ashley Nicole Chapman ~ University of Southern Mississippi
Daughter of Brenda Chapman, Urban Development Department
Andrew McNair ~ D’Iberville High School
Son of Pete McNair, Fire Department
James Tyler Levins ~ Harrison Central High School
Son of Hank Levins, Fire Department
Andrew Bundt ~ University of South Alabama
Son of Carey Bundt, Community Development
Brittany Rodgers ~ Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Daughter of Wade Beesley, Fire Department
Son of Elfren Acosta , Police Department
Tori Anderson~ Gulfport High School
Daughter of Gary Anderson, Urban Development
Courtney Necaise~ West Harrison High School
Daughter of Angela Necaise , Municipal Court
Jarod McGill~ University of Southern Mississippi
Son of Chandy McGill, Police Department
Jess Traina ~ West Georgia Technical College
Daughter of Cheree Malley, Utility Billing
Kayla Weinberg~ University of Southern Mississippi
Daughter of Brian Woods, Police Department
Alex Kajdan ~ University of Mississippi
Son of Rebecca Kajdan , Mayor’s Office
Alexander Hem ~ Long Beach High School
Son of Ginnie Hem, General Administration
Hunter Johnson ~ West Harrison High School
Son of Jeff Necaise , Fire Department
Brittany Rodgers ~ Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Daughter of Wade Beesley, Fire Department
2 Sarah Lizana
13 James Ward
22 John Ellis
2 Roger Gibson
13 Tim Adams
22 Wayne Kuehling
3 Alan Weatherford
13 Cortney Page
22 Jolene Johnson
3 Torrey Johnson
14 Kimberly Hager
22 Norman Pope
3 Donald Galster
17 Randy Wales
23 Jessica Kendziorek
5 Sabrena Davis
17 Marlin Ladner
23 Calin Landry
5 Michael Groce
18 Gloria Byrd
23 Joseph Garrett
5 Hayden Smith
18 John James
24 James Doss
6 Peter McNair
18 Charles Pitts
24 Rusty Ramage
7 William Leidigh
18 Rebecca Kadjan
25 Arthur Weaver
9 Chad Asher
19 Richard Boone
25 Carolyn Carson-Collins
9 Michael Hamers
19 Glen Holden
27 Nathan Powell
9 Alvin Kingston
19 Billy Kelley
27 Jennifer Dubuisson
10 George Mengarelli
19 David Nichols
28 Cara Pucheu
10 Bobby Johnson
20 Joey Shaw
28 Charles Head
10 Thomas Lane
21 Robert Thompson
30 Eddie Miller
11 Stephen Carlson
21 Destry Walker
30 Steven Fore
11 Bobbie Brown
21 Lynette Garriga
30 Gary Joffrion
12 Fant Walker
22 Sherry Beavers
31 Teresa Chapman
12 Diane Ragas
31 Dewey Himel
19 Doris Schultz
19 William Collins
20 Chris Henderson
21 Charles Hanson
21 Branden Boomer
21 Ronald Kirkland
21 Anthony Michael
21 Robert Beaugez
22 Ora Hodges
22 Bethany Fairchild
23 Charles Koewers
23 Glen Hughes
24 Kathy Johnson
24 Devonte Harris
24 Greg Lott
25 Lonnie Necaise
27 Riley Zumwalt
29 Kenneth Casey
10 Cassie Necaise
18 Lance Ransonet
29 Joe Dobson
10 Christian Oatis
18 Carlos Lizana
30 Jacob Burnett
10 Verlina Odom
19 James Jenkins
Patrol Officer 2
Deputy Court Clerk I
Light Equipment Operator
Patrol Officer 2
Community Service Tech 2
Employee Party at Jones Park
Born April 16th
to Terri Fairley, Court
at Jones Park
THE LAST GLANCE….
at Jones Park