$25 gift cards for Gulfport residents to spend locally

Jennifer Holton reports

GULFPORT, Fla. – At Stella’s in Gulfport, owner Barbara Banno says the impact of the pandemic last year was pretty severe.

“And it was the locals that came out and really supported us and got us through it, and all of the small businesses, we really pulled together during that time,” she said.

Now it’s time, she says, to give a little of that back.

Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson announced the city is using $410,000 from the federal American Rescue Plan Act funding to create a program that will help boost the local economy.

An example of the sticker shown by participating businesses.

“We wanted to put money directly

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