Gilich turns to Guice’s own words for eulogy

 When it came time to deliver a formal eulogy for “Danny” Guice, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich turned to the words of the three-term Biloxi mayor himself.

Gilich who said Guice was a regular visitor at his City Hall office since he became mayor two years ago, recounted his first recollections of the beloved community leader during his brief remarks at Guice’s funeral this afternoon at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center. Gilich then held up a copy of the full-color promotional book showcasing Biloxi, “This is Biloxi, Mississippi,” which Guice had created in March 1969, just five months before Hurricane Camille devastated the city.

“Let me close with his message, in Danny’s own words, which is our message today,” Gilich said, reading from a Guice letter in the front cover of the book:

“‘The people of our city invite you to be part of metropolitan Biloxi’s bright future. Culturally unique, historical in atmosphere, but progressive in spirit. THIS IS BILOXI. Make it your city, too. Daniel D. Guice Mayor. ‘”

Added Gilich: “On behalf of Biloxi, thank you, Danny Guice.”
Read the mayor’s remarks
See the book “This is Biloxi, Mississippi”
Video: The funeral procession at City Hall
Video: A final salute at the Biloxi Lighthouse


News and notes

Spring break redux: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, during a presentation to the City Council this afternoon, spoke to the issue of the recent Spring Break and how the city plans to facilitate future events. To see the mayor’s comments and a link to video, click here.

Council meeting: The standing-room-only, one-and-a-half-hour City Council meeting took place this afternoon at 2:30 p.m., an hour later than usual so that individuals could attend the Danny Guice funeral. The meeting included a city employee longevity awards presentation and council approval to move forward with Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s initiative to create an action plan for downtown revitalization. To see images from the meeting, click here.

Wade-in remembrance:  A remembrance and roll call tribute for the 1960 Wade In is scheduled to be held on Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Dr. Frank Gruich Sr. Community Center.  To see the event flyer, click here.  

East Biloxi video update: Oscar Renda Contracting provides an update on progress in east Biloxi in a video published today. To see the two-and-a-half minute video, click here.