One Coast Ambassador of the Year
Today more than 300 people, including Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, gathered at the IP Resort and Casino in Biloxi as leaders with One Coast of Jackson County presented a local mayor with the first ever distinction as Ambassador of the Year.
Hundreds of people from the three coastal counties rallied together Tuesday morning, not just for one reason, but for one Coast. Governor Phil Bryant said, “One Coast, I can remember a time when it seemed like everyone was fighting down here. The cities didn’t like the cities. The counties didn’t like the counties and no one liked anyone north of I-10.”
How times have changed as Coast leaders unite to promote and market regional attractions, not necessarily within their city or county lines, rallying behind regional destinations like MGM Park and the future site of the Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport.
One man in particular was honored as the first ever official Ambassador of the Year by Jackson County One Coast, none other than Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes. Erin Rosetti with the City of Gulfport said, “He’s always promoting and always trying to enhance the communities that are here. He’s a great representative and we couldn’t ask for better. He’s helped tourism efforts in so many ways and we are really appreciative.”
This award today means something more than just a trophy on the wall for Mayor Billy Hewes. It means something for the entire Gulf Coast. “This has never been about any one particular person. That’s how it’s embraced. We don’t need to formalize it, but I’m very humbled by the award,” said Mayor Hewes.
Don’t expect this mayor to rest on his laurels. His sights are set on the horizon from his home city of Gulfport and beyond. “We have so much good to talk about and promote and it’s up to us to take it and run with it,” said Mayor Hewes.