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Pascagoula council grants wishes

It was $3,000 for Sounds by the Sea, an OK to serve wine at an art reception and the use of the city’s logo on bright-colored bicycle jerseys.

Pascagoula residents asked for - and received - several items during the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

First, Andrew “Jackie” Elly, president of the Pascagoula Negro/Carver High School Alumni Association, got the go-ahead to allow alcohol at organization’s meet and greet, set June 27 at the Pascagoula Senior Center. The event kicks off four days of reunion activities June 27-30, including a parade along Market Street on Saturday, June 29, a ball that night at the civic center and a worship service and picnic on Sunday, June 30. The group holds its reunion every two years.

The council also granted a request for city crews to hang a “Welcome, Hornets” banner across U.S. 90 prior to the weekend events.

Sounds by the Sea received $3,000 for the annual concert in May, though Councilman Jim Milstead voted against the measure, and Councilman Robert Stallworth said he’d like them to allow concert-goers to bring coolers to the event, which features the Gulf Coast Symphony at Beach Park.

The city of Gautier cut its $2,500 funding for the event, and Milstead expressed concern over non-budgeted items getting the okay each time they came before the council. He told City Manager Joe Huffman he was just trying to help him balance the budget.

Singing River Cyclist got the go-ahead to place the city’s logo on their bright jerseys, which they wear to promote safety and visibility while riding. On that measure, Milstead said he’s good with it, because the council normally pays to have its logo advertised, and the request received the full council’s support. The group rides on the second Saturday of each month, and encourages anyone with a bicycle to join them.

In a related issue, Councilman Frank Corder earlier in the meeting read a proclamation declaring May as Bike Month in the city.

The Singing River Art Association received a thumbs up to serve wine at its Annual Spring Art Show reception, set April 26 at the Pascagoula Railroad Depot.

The council also approved a request for $500 for the Summer Blues at the Beach concert series. Milstead had no objections to that request, because it was budgeted, he said.