Dick Wilson, center, was named the 2019 Spirit of the Coast award winner on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. From left are George Schlogel, Liz Joachim, Wilson, Kathy Springer and Chevis Swetman.
Dick Wilson, center, was named the 2019 Spirit of the Coast award winner on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. From left are George Schlogel, Liz Joachim, Wilson, Kathy Springer and Chevis Swetman. Mary Perez meperez@sunherald.com
Dick Wilson, center, was named the 2019 Spirit of the Coast award winner on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. From left are George Schlogel, Liz Joachim, Wilson, Kathy Springer and Chevis Swetman. Mary Perez meperez@sunherald.com

Mary Perez is the business and casino reporter for the Sun Herald and also writes about Biloxi, jobs and the new restaurants and development coming to the Coast. She is a fourth-generation journalist.