The Mullet Wrapper
Volume I, 2020
Gulfport to elect first canine mayor in Florida!
The race is on and the competition is heating up. Through Feb. 15, Gulfport residents and enthusiasts will go to the polls to elect Florida’s first honorary mayoral mascot.
The campaign is serving as a fundraiser for the Gulfport Historical Society and Rescue Pink. Proceeds will be evenly split between the two organizations. Rescue Pink is a nonprofit organization that provides spay, neutering and preventative vet care services, and assists with re-homing pets. For more information, please visit Rescue Pink: https://rescuepink.net
Voting will take place at GulfPerk (3107 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport), the Gulfport History Museum (5301 28th Ave. S., Gulfport), and online at gulfporthistoricalsociety.org/vote-for-gulfports-pet-mayor
. Human companions may also accept donations for participating pets.We will have a “petting in” ceremony for Gulfport’s newest mayor on Saturday, Feb. 22, during the city’s annual Get Rescued celebration.
While we’re fairly certain this will be Florida’s first pet mayor,, locales in Alaska, California, Kentucky, Illinois, and Minnesota, among others, have elected their own ceremonial mayors.
There are 12 entrants in the running for Gulfport’s honorary title, including a few “dark horses” that are cats.
Porch party with Gulfport’s first female mayor!
There are few people who can trace their ancestry back to a pivotal point in history: 1066 AD, when the Norman conquest of Britain changed the world forever. But Gulfport’s first female mayor, Yvonne Johnson, can.
Mayor Johnson will regale the public with tales of her life, Gulfport, and her experiences in this city referred to as the “Gateway to the Gulf” on Friday, Jan. 17 at the Gulfport History Museum. The museum is located at 5301 28th Ave. S. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m.
Keeping the conversation moving will be Art Levy, author of Made in Florida and associate editor of Florida Trend, who will interview the mayor.
This event sponsored by the Gulfport Historical Society. For further information and to register to attend, visit http://www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org Donations will be accepted. Dogs and well-behaved children are welcome. Attendees may also bring snacks to share. Members drink free; nonmembers are welcome to BYOB.
Seaside History Tours
“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” – L.P. Hartley
Take a stroll through history at one of Florida’s most scenic seaside hamlets, courtesy of the Gulfport Historical Society. The next guided tour is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. Tours start at the Gulfport History Museum (5301 28th Ave. S.)
While small, the city of Gulfport is rich in history, complete with colorful characters and tales of mysterious smugglers. This tour lasts roughly two hours and costs $10 per person, although GHS members can take this tour for free. Register for the tour — or become a member so you can take the tour for free — at gulfporthistoricalsociety.org
. Please note: Although members go free, we ask that members pre-register for the tours so we can plan accordingly.