Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes, Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and others recently struck a rosy deal to eventually have fresh-cut flowers flown to the Coast and distributed throughout the country. The group made it back to the Coast Wednesday after spending time in South America.
“What we saw is an opportunity at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport with the cargo facility that has a radiation mechanism that sterilizes produce, fruit and food to make it safe for distribution to anywhere in the United States,” Hewes said. “Gateway is the business, and they’ve been interfacing with the group for Rinegro, Colombia. They’re very excited about it, a lot of growers in that area. They’re getting congested down in Miami.”