Sea Wolves, Fans Clean Highway

By Leigh Coleman
The Sun Herald

GULFPORT, Miss. — Sea Wolves president Bill Yates said he feels a personal responsibility to keep Mississippi litter-free, and he and the team want to do their part. That is the reason they held their own cleanup party on their adopted stretch of U.S. 49 on Saturday.

Mississippi Sea Wolves staff and fans got off the ice and braved the high temperatures as they picked up more than 30 bags of litter along two miles of U.S. 49, from Driscoll Lane north to County Road 523. The team adopted the stretch of road through the MDOT Adopt-A-Highway program.

Paula Walters, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Transportation, said the litter in Mississippi is 30 percent higher than the national average. MDOT admires the efforts of the Sea Wolves.

“Groups only have to provide the labor; MDOT will do everything else and there are plenty of highway areas that need adopting now,” Walters said.

The groups who participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program provide the volunteers to pick up litter from both sides of a highway on a two-mile section, a minimum of once each quarter.

MDOT supplies the trash bags, safety vests, gloves and “workers ahead” signs and will pick up the bagged litter for disposal.

“We love Mississippi and it is our home to keep clean, too,” Yates said.

The Sea Wolves return to the ice in October to celebrate their 10th season. For season tickets and sponsorship information call 275-WOLF (9653).

For information about the MDOT Adopt-A-Highway program and other anti-litter campaigns, call (601) 544-6511.