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NEW CHIEF OF POLICE ANNOUNCED

On Friday, Mayor Hewes stylishly announced via a cloud of white smoke that a new chief had been chosen for Gulfport Police Department. Deputy Chief Chris Ryle, who has served all of his law enforcement career with the Gulfport Police Department, will be taking over the reins. The Administration was focused on finding the next chief in the upper ranks of the organization. After years of being mentored by outgoing Chief Leonard Papania, Chief Ryle is excited about the opportunity to move ahead in his career and increase his work in the community. 

"I can't tell you how honored and humbled I am to be chosen as the next Chief of Police for Gulfport. I give a lot of thanks to Chief Leonard Papania. He has mentored me over the last several years when I decided this would be my goal, to head this agency. Also, I want to thank Craig and Adam. We've sort of grown up in this department together and they are just true friends. They have pushed me everyday for the last 23 years. I couldn't thank them more. I look forward to moving forward, getting our team together and seeing what the future holds for the City of Gulfport and our citizens." -incoming Chief Chris Ryle

MS AQUARIUM OPEN
On August 29, the doors of MS Aquarium will open to eager community members. To do so safely, they have issued important safety protocols in accordance with CDC and Harrison County guidelines, which include timed arrival tickets and reservations, masks, limited touchable objects and other health and safety procedures.

WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO KEEP YOU SAFE

  • Limiting the number of guests entering per hour to provide for social distancing.
  • Providing social distance markers in the ticket line and at key exhibits to remind Guests and Team Members to maintain a safe distance.
  • Additional hand sanitizers have been installed throughout the Aquarium.
  • Staff will wear masks and/or gloves, wash their hands frequently, and implement enhanced cleaning practices. 
  • Frequently sanitizing high touch points such as restrooms, counters, escalator railings, elevators, and benches.

PLEASE PLAN AHEAD

  • Timed arrival tickets are required prior to visiting. 
  • Buying your tickets online is strongly recommended. The Aquarium will limit the number of guests allowed to visit each day. Reservations can be secured in 30-minute time slots and guests will only be admitted before their scheduled time when capacity allows. The length of your stay will not be limited. 
  • Elevators and escalators will be operating and sanitized frequently.  Please be mindful to stay with members of your group in the elevator and remain 6 feet apart from other guests while using escalator. 
  • Educational programs and presentations may be offered in public areas. Time and location to be determined. Please ask staff members for a tentative daily schedule when you arrive at the Aquarium.
  • Mississippi Aquarium has a no refund policy. If you are not able to visit on the date of your reservation, please email tickets@msaquarium.org to reschedule.
For more details, review their "What to Expect" page before planning your visit.  
MS POWER SPECIAL ELECTION

The MS Power Company Franchise Agreement Special Election ended with Gulfport residents voting in favor of the franchise agreement. For the next 25 years, the City of Gulfport will receive 3% of MS Power's revenue earned in the city.

The planning and execution of this election would not have been successful without the efforts of several city departments, volunteer poll workers and retired City employee, Danny Meadors. The expenses of the special election were covered by MS Power Company.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
For parents needing a safe place for their children, who will be participating in virtual learning, to go during the day, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast is setting up virtual education hubs. For details visit: www.bgcgulfcoast.org/virtualhub
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