Gulfport: Morris Mystery

Q: Who erected the cat statue (Morris) by the Gulfport Casino and who maintains it?

A: Thanks to Lori Roach, assistant to Gulfport City Manager Jim O’Reilly, we found part of this answer. In 2005, Morris’ original statue went missing and Elsie Crimaldi donated a new cat statue to the city.

As for any clue about Morris? We’d love to hear from anyone who remembers how the original statue came to stand by the water. Send any information to

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