Long Beach Breeze

PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID LONG BEACH, MS PERMIT NO. 60 Long Beach Breeze P.O. Box 144, Long Beach, MS 39560 March 21, 2019 • Volume 3, Number 3 • “Good News You Can Use” Ready to list your home? USM Jazz and Blues Fest March 30th The smooth sounds of local jazz and blues musicians will soon fill the coastal air as The Uni- versity of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park Campus hosts its 11th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, March 30. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., on the South Lawn of the Uni- versity’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, festival attendees can expect to enjoy live musi- cal performances; art, prod- ucts and food; and family- and child-friendly activities. “The Jazz and Blues Festival is the largest, community-centered event that we host on our Gulf Park campus,” said Steve Miller, Vice President for the Gulf Park Campus. “We enjoy welcom- Special to Long Beach Breeze Special to Long Beach Breeze cont. on page 2 In its February meeting, the Long Beach Board of Aldermen began the meeting with public hearings to address four prop- erties that the City had consid- ered neglected. They included 108 Park Row, assessed to Per- cy and Sharolyn Massey, of El Sobrante, California; 247 Rein- ike Road, assessed to James P. Elrod, of Gulfport; 20019 Sun- shine Drive, assessed to Heath Cuevas, most recent address of Long Beach; and 118 Carroll Avenue, assessed to Jack and Nancy Brandau of Long Beach. Only one property owner came forward, Nancy Brandau, who stated that they were trying to sell their property “as is.” Fol- lowing each hearing, Board members voted unanimously to begin the process of condemn- ing each of the four properties. The City is authorized by Mis- sissippi law to conduct proceed- ings to condemn properties that are “in such a state of unclean- liness as to be a menace to the public health and safety of the community.” Notice of the public hearings for all four properties were posted on the subject property; on the bulletin boards at City Hall, the Water Department, and the Building Office; and at Special to Long Beach Breeze Board votes to condemn 4 properties Political contests await Long Beach voters Mississippi voters will go to the polls in 2019, including hot- ly contested races for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, among others. Long Beach residents will be among those casting their ballots in key elections this summer and fall. Others on the ballot for vot- ers in Harrison County commu- nities include Mississippi House and Senate contests. Party pri- maries will be August 6, with the runoff date set for August 27. The general election across Mis- sissippi will occur on November 5. By Andy Kanengiser March 1 was the deadline for candidates in the Magnolia State to qualify. And when that Friday deadline rolled around, state Rep. Richard Bennett of Long Beach discov- ered he would face no political opponents this year. A retired DuPont employee, Bennett is a Republican who represents Mississippi House District 120. A graduate of Gulf Coast Junior College and the University of Southern Missis- sippi, Bennett serves at the Cap- itol as chairman of the House Education Committee. In making the appointment to the highly visible education post in January 2018, House Speaker Philip Gunn praised the veteran lawmaker from Harrison County. “Rep. Bennett is a seasoned leg- islator and a former school board member,” Gunn told reporters at the Capitol. “He demonstrated great knowledge and interest in education. Furthermore, he had the endorsement of numerous House members.” Bennett succeeded former Rep. John Moore of Brandon, who resigned in December 2018. Rep. Bennett formerly chaired the House Gaming Committee. Born June 25, 1957, Bennett retired from DuPont, which cont. on page 7 ing family, friends and visitors from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the southeast region to our beautiful beachfront campus for this annual event.” New additions to this year’s festival include an Eagle Fever online crowdfunding project, a Jazz and Blues Art Competition, an interactive children’s village, and musical performances by local high school jazz bands. Eagle Fever, an online fund- raising tool operated by the USM Foundation, provides an opportunity for individuals to donate online to the Gulf Park Scholarship Endowment Fund. All net proceeds from the Jazz and Blues Festival will support scholarships for Gulf Park cam- pus students. To make a gift to the Gulf Park Scholarship Fund, visit eaglefever.usm.edu/gulf- park. “This new Eagle Fever fund- raising campaign makes the Jazz and Blues Festival more special and important, since funds raised cont. on page 7