May 14, 2010
From the office of Mayor George Schloegel
We want you to know that everyone at City Hall, along with the dedicated men and women at the County Courthouse, the state Capitol and the White House are working diligently around the clock to ensure that our response to the oil spill is done aggressively and effectively.
All of us are well aware that we are dealing with a potentially unprecedented environmental disaster. We understand that such a disaster could dramatically affect the lives of thousands who live along the Gulf. You should know that we have a firm grasp of the potential impact.
While we are in constant contact with the White House, the governor and county leaders, we also are working closely with officials at British Petroleum.
City Hall has worked with BP to find a location downtown for a claims office. The company tells us they plan to open claims offices in each of the three coastal counties. The office in Gulfport is expected to open Monday at 1219 24th Ave.
We know that many of you are understandably growing frustrated. Unlike a hurricane, which we are all too familiar with, the current situation in the Gulf is difficult to forecast. We do not know what to expect, and that uncertainly is difficult to live with.
The fires of frustration are beginning to burn in every community along the Gulf, and speaking in the Rose Garden today, the president said he shares that frustration.
Those of us working in all levels of government will not rest until the leak is stopped and the environment is clean. At this very moment, crews are using the most advanced technology available to solve this problem nearly a mile below the Gulf surface.
Back on shore, your government has launched an intense effort to stage skilled workers on site to be ready to respond with vacuum trucks and other equipment the instant oil should reach our coastline.
In addition, in recent days we have witnessed the strength of character that thrives on our Coast in the thousands of brave souls who have stepped forward, volunteering their time and effort to protect our natural resources.
The people of South Mississippi have proved time and time again that we are survivors, and together, we will survive this crisis.
Coast Parrotheads party for 10th time
The 10th annual MargaritaFest is coming to Centennial Plaza on June 4.
MargaritaFest is a “Jimmy Buffett-inspired” event that brings the Gulf Coast Business Community together for one exciting evening.
This year, a special air-conditioned Parrothead Patron Party has been added for sponsors before the gates open to the public.
For more on the event, click here.
‘The foundation of peace’
Gulfport police officers and others joined Mayor George Schloegel today during a ceremony for fallen officers.
The mayor said the memorial was a great tribute to “those who dedicate their lives to public service and come to work each day to spread the foundation of peace.”
To read the full text of the memorial address, click here.
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