Month: July 2013

Letter from the Editor – July 2013


We have an extra special summer edition for you this month, filled with wonderful ideas for family fun.
The 6th Annual Croaker Classic is almost here and it is going to be bigger and better than ever! Grab a pole and get your tackle box ready because the $10,000 grand prize could be yours! Founder, renowned marine life artist Marty Wilson, visited with us from Destin, Florida and gave us the scoop on everything you need to know. It’s going to be a blast for everyone in your family!

Get to know our July Mover & Shaker, the lovely, Shellie Marengo Moses. She is the South Mississippi Director of Make-A-Wish Mississippi and makes dreams come true for our little ones battling catastrophic life threatening diseases.

We take you behind the scenes of the Department of Marine Resources(DMR). These dedicated men and women work around the clock to ensure your safety on the water. Executive Director, Jamie Miller, explains the many responsibilities that fall under his jurisdiction.

Tempt everyone in your family with fresh summer salads and dessert ideas in Taste Buds! Now is the time to enjoy “just picked” fruits and veggies because they are at their peak of sweetness, nutrition, and flavor. Plan a picnic soon!

All This…And So Much More
Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

Shellie Marengo Moses Make-A-Wish

DSC_2023Shellie Marengo Moses is a South Mississippi success story that embodies the spirit of the people who have called this place home for generations. As the South Mississippi Director of Make-A-Wish Mississippi she touches the lives and hearts of our states children with a gentle smile, an understanding heart and a head for business. (more…)

Marty Wilson and the 6th Annual Croaker Classic

CROAKER CLASSIC 2013 logoJuly 13 and 14 is going to be a wonderful weekend of fun and excitement for all ages on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It is time once again for Marty Wilson’s Croaker Classic which has been going strong now for 6 years! The prizes are incredible, with a $10,000.00 first place prize for “the biggest croaker that hits the dock.” Marty Wilson loves to fish. He has been fishing on the Back Bay in Biloxi since he was a little boy. “Salt water runs through my veins,” he said. The Dock Bar and Grill on Seaway Road in Gulfport is the place to be for all the action, and fun. At 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 12, the event kicks off with a Captain’s Meeting. Fishing begins at the crack of dawn the following day at 5:00 a.m. Weigh ins commence at 3:00 p.m. each day and Live entertainment will be featured on the Tiki Deck. Don’t miss Michael Vincent and Double Shot on Saturday, and 5 Day Run on Sunday. (more…)

Camp Independence At Gulf Islands Water Park

553717_335537646526629_1457755264_nIf you are the parent or caretaker of a physically or mentally challenged child or adult then you will want to make a big red circle around July 3rd on your calendar. That’s the day that you can bring your very special family member to Gulf Islands Water Park in Gulfport for a day of fellowship and fun geared toward families just like yours. There are lots of folks that live every day with a family member that needs special care. At this event, Camp Independence, those families have a chance to get to know others just like them. No matter what disease or disability has affected your loved one, you are all welcome here. (more…)



Jamie Miller 1Jamie Miller is the Executive Director of the DMR and he is responsible for overseeing all operations which encompasses several divisions. The Department of Marine Resources became a state agency in 1994. It is lead by Miller and a five member commission. The DMR manages all marine life and public trust wetlands and adjacent uplands. The agents monitor all recreational and commercial fishing and provide education in these areas. Conservation and preservation of land also falls under the jurisdiction of the DMR. They are the regulatory arm and keep watch over all coastal development as it relates to coastal waterways and the marine environment. A marine patrol of approximately 50 officers share the duty of enforcing local fishing regulations. Inspections of seafood processing plants takes place on a regular basis as well. “The DMR is in charge of the research that goes into understanding our environment and marine resources that we have here, as well as setting policy and laws and enforcing those laws all along the Gulf Coast,” Miller said. (more…)