He said he was cold, but everybody in the audience knew Mayor Billy Hewes was building up to one of his punch lines.
He was delivering his annual address Friday at a breakfast sponsored by the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, wearing bright green pants and matching tie. They looked a little off with his dark business jacket.
His remark about the chill was an audience member’s cue to bring out a new jacket. Hewes slipped into the jacket, printed with toy Christmas soldiers dressed in bright green, red, yellow and blue that stood out on a white background.
“Good and tacky,” he pronounced his attire and then proceeded to deliver his speech to a packed house at Island View Casino Resort.