Snowbird season kicks off in southern Mississippi

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) – Snowbird season has arrived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the snowbirds have landed. For the few months they escape winter here, these northerners call our home, their home too.

And that means tourism is truly a year-round season. A sure sign: the RV parks are packed.

Snowbirds make up the majority of sites. And that makes Tyler Moffett, owner of Southern Comfort Camping Resort in Biloxi, really happy.

“It’s very important to us,” he said. “It’s very important every year. We rely on these loyal customers. Many of these people have been coming here for over 20 years and it’s a big influx every year. It’s kind of a downtime, not having as many summer vacations, vacations. So we really rely on their activity every year.

For Virginia’s Roy Griffith, that means you can do what you want, when you want.

“We are retired from CSX Railroad after 42 years,” he said. “So we’re just enjoying life now.”

Theo Kindred from Illinois loves the camping community here.

“They’re all friendly,” he said. “I mean, when I’m camping, I haven’t found any really rude people camping. They all seem to have a good attitude.

And coming to the Coast has a big advantage.

“The beach,” Kindred said. “That’s why we are here. Walk the beach every day we can.

And so do fellow Illinois residents Cathy and Jan Daniels, and this little cold snap is nothing to these winter warriors.

“We love the four Ps you need to watch out for when it’s cold,” Cathy said. “We don’t need these reminders in the North.

They said they bonded on the Mississippi coast with other snowbirds.

“We travel alone, but when we come here it comes down to family,” she added. “There is a bit of the same group of people who gather at the campsite. And, you get to know everyone and it’s just family. It’s like coming home.

Their home for four months is the Cajun RV Park in Biloxi.

This is where you will find the ROMEO club, which stands for Retired Old Men Eating Out.

And it’s a good deal.

“If you go to ROMEO lunch, you get $5 through the campground here,” he said. “So you kind of get paid to go to lunch.”

He made a return guest of Michigan’s Mike Nieboer.

“We go out for lunch and socialize with each other,” he said. “I made a lot of new friends here and I plan to come back.”

Indiana’s William Gatti loves coastal cuisine too, and his location puts him in the right spot.

“It’s close to everything,” he says. “We go out and eat here all the time. In fact, my wife hardly cooks anymore. If I’m not cooking on the grill, we go out to eat because the food here is excellent.

Most of the snowbirds we have spoken with come around December and they usually head north around April.

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