The City of Biloxi will grow by about 1.75 square miles and almost 150 residences tonight at midnight.
The expansion is the result of a state Supreme Court ruling that, in part, was in response to petitions from residents of the Wells Ferry Landing area, who asked that their neighborhoods be made part of the city.
Members of the Biloxi Police and Fire departments planned to canvass the new city neighborhoods on Thursday and Friday, passing out cards that include a brief welcome message from Mayor A.J. Holloway and key contact numbers for various city services.
Biloxi firefighters and police officers are scheduled to begin responding to emergency calls in the new area beginning at midnight tonight.
“I welcome you as new residents of Biloxi,” Holloway wrote to residents in the information flier. “And I promise that we’re going to do everything that we can to make this a smooth transition, and make you proud to live in Biloxi.”
The city also plans to mail detailed information to the new residents to help answer questions they may have.
To see a draft of the flier that will be distributed Thursday and Friday, click here.