O’Maddy’s brought hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken. Smokin’ J’s brought barbeque. Pipo’s donated food, as did many Gulfport restaurants. Zoomers set up tables, a band, and tents, closed up shop, and welcomed the community in for one last party honoring Mayor Mike Yakes.
Mike Yakes served first as a Ward Four representative and then as the city’s mayor. His career as an elected official spanned three decades, making him one of the longest-seated mayors in the state. Some terms he faced multiple opponents, but when he ran the last time, in 2010, he ran unopposed.
“He’s made it clear that seat is his as long as he wants it,” Vice Mayor Sam Henderson said last fall.
The party, attended by his family, friends, and a sprinkling of city staff, started at two and lasted into the evening. Family and friends presented the outgoing mayor with gifts; the retiring mayor celebrated by dancing and socializing.
To read some of the attendees thoughts on what Mayor Mike has done for the city, please get the hard copy of the Gabber and read the Gabs on page 19. For more photos of the event, click here.