The Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.) has agreed to forgive a 16.4 million dollar loan that Gulfport received after Hurricane Katrina. Gulfport had previous loan-forgiveness requests denied, but F.E.M.A. recently changed its policy after Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast. Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes says that money they had set aside to repay the loan can now be used by the city. Hewes says, "The budget is tight. Started out this year tight and we will always have ongoing needs, but we don't want to spend monies that we still don't have, but it does give us some flexibility on how we approach our budget for next year." Mayor Hewes says that there are no concrete plans for the money that was set aside to repay the loan, but several ideas have already been brought forward.