Monday, February 25, 2013
Gulfport Mayor Mike Yakes says the city and it's residents gave him the opportunity to serve for 27 years.
On March 12, 2012, Gulfport voters will choose the city's next mayor and Mayor Mike Yakes will officially retire after 27 years of service. "Thank you for the opportunity," he said at a dedication ceremony on Saturday. On Saturday, Feb 23, hundreds of people gathered at the Gulfport Recreation Center to celebrate 27 faithful years and dedicate the new Michael J. Yakes Recreation Complex in his honor. Hear from Mayor Yakes about the ceremony in the attached video clip on this story. Related Coverage: Sign up for the Gulfport Patch email newsletter to stay connected to your community.
Hundreds gathered on Saturday to celebrate and honor Mayor Mike Yakes for 27 years of public service.
While fighting back tears, Mayor Mike Yakes' daughter, Dominique Taleno, congratulated her father on his upcoming, well-deserved retirement and thanked him for dedicating 27 years to the City of Gulfport. "For as long as I can remember, my dad has been dedicated to the city," Taleno said at Mayor Yakes' dedication ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Gulfport Recreation Center. Hundreds of friends, family members and city leaders joined together to honor the mayor. Mayor Yakes served as a council member from 1986 to 1991 and was elected mayor in 1991. He will retire mid-March after a combined 27 years of public service. "My heart is filled with so much joy, I can hardly express myself," Yakes said Saturday. Prior to the unveiling of the …
Friday, February 15, 2013
In an effort to raise awareness and discover a new challenge, Daniel Alvarez is kayaking 4,000 miles from Angle Inlet, MN to Key West, FL.
Nature adventurer Daniel Alvarez, originally from Tallahassee, is wrapping up a 2-day stay in Gulfport before heading down the coast on his journey to Key West. Alvarez is sharing his challenges, triumphs, stories and more on his blog predictablylost.com and will share all of his adventures in person at the Gulfport Public Library tonight at 4:30 p.m. He has traveled from the Angle Inlet in Minnesota, paddled through the maze of lakes in the Boundary Waters, navigated through Lake Superior, paddled the mighty Mississippi River and, currently is paddling down the Gulf Coast in hopes of bringing awareness to the preservation of our rivers, lakes and oceans. "I think there are places in the world that need to remain untouched," he said. On …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
With flowers, a tiara and cake, Agnes Kinney celebrated her 101st birthday at the Gulfport Cenior Center.
An extended family wished Agnes Kinney many more happy years at her birthday party at the Gulfport Senior Center on Wednesday. Mayor Mike Yakes gave Kinney a birthday card and helped her fit a tiara on just right while friends with the Neighborly Care Network wheeled out a giant birthday cake for the party. Kinney turned 101 on Monday, Feb. 11 and celebrated with her family. However, her extended family at the Gulfport Senior Center wanted to wish her "101 years young" as well. Kinney says she was shocked to see the turnout, saying she would have "dressed up" if she had known. Kinney has lived in Gulfport the past 10 years and visits by the center at least three times a week during lunch with Neighborly Care Network's Senior Dining Program…