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Biloxi Mayor 'FoFo' Gilich has noteworthy first year

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 Biloxi Mayor Andrew 'FoFo' Gilich
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD/FILE Biloxi Mayor Andrew 'FoFo' Gilich SUN HERALD

Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich is off to a pretty good start in his first year in office.

It was a year of progress for the city with new restaurants opening and new attractions, such as Margaritaville, nearing completion. Minor league baseball became a reality. The casinos have been humming along.

Gilich received a commitment from the state to spend $15 million toward his plan to bring ultra-high speed internet to the Coast. He brought together all the cities of Harrison County to work toward that Gulf Coast Fiber Optic Ring.

If he gets his way, the state will spend millions in Tidelands money on a $4.5 million West Biloxi Festival Boardwalk along the water near Restaurant Row.

These are great projects and we're glad he chose to lead them.

He proved he was not afraid to lead when he was one of the first mayors on the Coast to come out forcefully against the "religious freedom" bill. He quickly drafted a resolution calling on the Legislature to repeal the law.

And he's been a great cheerleader for the city, talking it up whenever he speaks.

Given the successes of his first year, we have even higher hopes for the year ahead.

Now about that infrastructure project. We know you inherited it, mayor, and we hope it has been a learning experience.

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