Senior Matters: long time Biloxi Visitor’s Center employee’s love for Biloxi brightens visitor’s day
In this week’s Senior Matters segment, News 25’s Gabby Easterwood takes us on a walk down memory lane with a woman who has made a home in Biloxi while showing visitors what the city has to offer.
A smiling face and a warm welcome is what most people that visit the Gulf Coast hope for. At the Biloxi Visitor’s Center that is just the pleasant reception they will receive.
Yvette Mulcahy is usually the first person you’ll see when entering the Biloxi Visitors Center. With 29 years of experience working there, she’s a familiar face to locals and a wealth of information for tourists. “I’ve been working for the city since before the casinos were built. My whole purpose here is to acquaint you with our local businesses and to let you know what we have to offer.”
The daughter of a military retiree, Yvette fell in love with the Mississippi Gulf Coast at a young age. With pride and overflowing passion for the city, Yvette gave News 25 a first-hand account of Biloxi history.
Those around her say her smile is contagious and makes a lasting impression on those who stop by the visitor’s center. Biloxi Historical Administrator Bill Raymond said, “Every week we have someone walk in the door looking to see what day Yvette works because they had met her last year or they met her 20 years ago and they just want to check on her and see what was going on the Coast these days. It really says a lot about her and her character.”
Yvette and the center have weathered a few storms over the years including Hurricane Katrina. Ever optimistic, even during those tough times she saw a silver lining. “We all just came together and did what had to be done.”
When Hurricane Katrina hit, Yvette stuck with the city while the new visitor’s center was being built and she was astounded by the strength of the city. “It was devastating, but people here, they just bounce back. It’s gonna be 13 years and we just keep hanging in there. It’s truly a beautiful place to live.”
As rebuilding continues throughout the city, Yvette continues down her path of showing visitors of Biloxi just what all her city has to offer.
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