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Your City at Work

Holiday weekend fare: Family fun, music and more

West End Hose Co. No. 3 has a weekend of family fun on the Town Green, with a “Jump Into Summer” festival. You’ll find bounce houses, food, carnival games, and, of course, big red fire trucks and real-live firefighters. It all happens Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meantime, music fills the […]

Gilich nominates Blessey as city attorney

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich next week will ask the Biloxi City Council to approve the appointment of former Mayor Gerald Blessey as city attorney. Blessey has practiced law in Biloxi for 49 years, with several intervals for public service, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi Law School and Master of […]

Gilich gives blueprint for future of Biloxi

Andrew “FoFo” Gilich this evening received four standing ovations from an inauguration ceremony audience of nearly 700, including three former mayors. And then he delivered his speech, which prompted a fifth ovation. Gilich, who succeeds Biloxi’s longest-serving Mayor A.J. Holloway, gave his enthusiastic audience a blueprint of his vision for Biloxi: economic development initiatives, focusing […]

Gilich makes first speech, with capital R

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich was labeled today in his first speaking engagement  since taking office Monday morning  – and like his childhood nickname, the label stuck. As he was approaching the  podium to speak to Harrison County Republican Club luncheon at the Great Southern Club in Gulfport, advertising executive Ted Riemann, who helmed Gilich’s […]

Biloxi’s new mayor already on the job

His inauguration is not until Wednesday afternoon, but Mayor-elect Andrew “FoFo” Gilich wanted to begin the workweek early, so this morning he became Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. Clare Sekul Hornsby, a longtime Biloxi attorney and the mayor-elect’s 93-year-old aunt, administered the oath of office to Mayor Gilich this morning shortly after 8, as family, friends […]

City Council meeting: New mayor, new location

Plenty of change will be evident come City Council meeting time Tuesday: Mayor-elect Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will be attending his first meetings as mayor, and the meetings will be conducted at the Biloxi Civic Center while the elevator is repaired at City Hall. The council will have two meetings on Tuesday: a special-called 11 a.m. […]

Hidden Springs gets DEQ approval

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, Hidden Springs received DEQ approval, and obtained the site preparation permit for the proposed 411 lot single family phased subdivision to be located in north Biloxi off Woodland Hills Drive. Infrastructure plans are being finalized and should be submitted to our engineering department sometime next week. Also […]

Seafood museum to host wooden boat show

Nearly 60 wooden vessels, boats of all shapes and sizes, will be on display this weekend for the annual Billy Creel Memorial Wooden & Classic Boat Show. The affair takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Schooner Pier Complex, which is on U.S. 90 in east Biloxi, south of Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Hours are […]

History program to visit Lodge, French Club

This week’s “Thursdays in May” offering will focus on two Point Cadet cultural institutions: the Slavic Benevolent Association of St. Nikoli and the Fleur de Lis Society, or, as locals know them, the Slavonian Lodge and the French Club. Thursday’s free affair, which is scheduled to run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will be a […]

Gilich appoints Kirkland to oversee transition

Mayor-elect Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has named F. Cliff Kirkland as head of his transition team. Kirkland is a former newspaperman, Biloxi city administrator and casino executive. He is a consultant specializing in government affairs, development and marketing/public relations. Kirkland also is the current president of Main Street Biloxi and is under contract with the city […]

Gilich wins mayor’s election with 60 percent of vote

“FoFo” Gilich captured 60 percent of the 7,253 votes counted in today’s special election to succeed A.J. Holloway, Biloxi’s longest-serving mayor. Gilich won nine of the city’s 10 voting precincts, losing only Woolmarket by two votes to W.S. “Windy” Swetman III. The numbers – without affidavit ballots included – were 4,319 votes (59.54 percent) for […]

Shuckers may have been premature in June 6 date

Biloxi Acting Mayor Robert L. Deming III believes that the Biloxi Shuckers may have jumped the gun in announcing a June 6 start date for baseball games at MGM Park. Deming this afernoon said he was surprised by the announcement, and that there are no guarantees of having the stadium play-ready for June 6 without […]

Final preparations underway for election

Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker today has been checking and re-checking voting supplies that will be used at the city’s 10 polling places in the mayoral election on Tuesday. Voting precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the election where “FoFo” Gilich faces W.S. “Windy” Swetman III in a runoff to succeed […]

Katrina Conversation: The state of gaming

The Gulf Coast gaming industry has witnessed its share of expansions and contractions before and since Katrina, and the changes are continuing to occur. Find out where we were, what happened and where we’re headed in a special Katrina conversation, “All bets are …,” on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m.  at the IP Casino […]

Last round of absentee voting is Saturday

City Hall will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon for the final round of absentee voting for the runoff election for mayor on Tuesday, and any absentee ballots that are being mailed to City Hall must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. Biloxi voters, electing a new mayor for the first time in […]

Council OKs Boomtown RV park

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the City Council voted unanimously to approve the expansion of the Boomtown Casino RV park. The 49 proposed  RV sites in the expanded park were designed around the existing trees and will have extensive landscaping. Each site will have individual utility hookups for electricity, water and […]

Weekly history series kicks off Thursday

Biloxi launches a month-long trip down memory lane on Thursday  with the kickoff of the eighth annual Thursdays in May program. This event, held annually in observance of National Preservation Month, takes place each of the five Thursdays in May, and kicks off with a scavenger hunt in downtown Biloxi. You’ll also find events on […]

Biloxi casinos pass $2 billion mark in taxes paid

Biloxi’s casino gaming industry, which marked its 20th anniversary in 2012, achieved a milestone without much fanfare last month: The industry crossed the $2 billion-dollar mark in taxes paid to state and local governments. Gaming figures compiled by the city, based on state collection of $16.6 billion in revenue from Biloxi casinos, show the casino […]

Council adds Magic site to tax abatement zone

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development the Biloxi City Council voted unanimously to add the former Casino Magic property and structure to the tax abatement district. This action will allow the developers of the property to apply for a tax abatement on any improvements made to the existing structure that will increase the […]

City Hall open Saturday for absentee balloting

City Hall will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon for absentee voting to be conducted for the May 12 runoff election for mayor, according to Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker. Absentee votes also may be cast Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall, which is at 140 Lameuse St., […]

911 tapes to help tell the Katrina story Friday

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller will use actual 911 tapes from the height of Hurricane Katrina during his Katrina Café presentation Friday at lunchtime, but, more importantly, Miller will tell audience members what the department learned from those experiences and how it is better prepared today. The luncheon, part of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s […]

Fire Academy for Kids now accepting registrants

The Biloxi Fire Department’s Fire Academy for Kids is coming up in June, and the department is now seeking registrants for the program, which is open to children ages 7 through 12. The free program is designed to increase children’s fire safety and first-aid knowledge, and to provide them with a better appreciation of firefighters […]

Affidavit ballots slighly increase vote totals

The number of ballots cast in the special election for mayor on Tuesday nudged up by less than a percent last night after the Biloxi Municipal Election Commission validated 65 votes cast by affidavit. With the new numbers, leader “FoFo” Gilich, who faces W.S. “Windy” Swetman III in a runoff on May 12, picked up […]

Gilich, Swetman headed for runoff

The field of 10 candidates for mayor of Biloxi was narrowed to two this evening, with top vote-getter “FoFo” Gilich scheduled to face runner-up W.S. “Windy” Swetman III in a runoff election on Tuesday, May 12. A total of 7,605 votes were cast in the special election to replace A.J. Holloway, with Gilich capturing 2,207 […]

Biloxi elections: The big races of late

Voting in the mayoral special election continues until 7 p.m., and while Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker reports voter turnout is heavy, here are some numbers from past Biloxi mayoral races: There were three other recent instances where mayoral elections were hotly contested. 2001, general election: A total of 9,966 votes were cast in a race […]

Heavy turnout seen at Biloxi polling places

Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker, who is responsible for overseeing municipal elections in Biloxi, says voter turnout has been heavy in Biloxi since the city’s 10 polling places opened this morning at 7. Voting will continue until 7 this evening. Biggest issue Thacker has seen, especially at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, is voters […]

Election 2015: What you need to know

Biloxi’s 10 polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for voters to cast their ballots for their choice of the 10 candidates for mayor. Voters are reminded vote at their municipal polling place and to bring a valid photo ID when them to the polls. Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker reports […]

Indian Nation run headlines weekend

“We think the bad weather will be behind us, and we’re going to have a sea of red in downtown Biloxi Saturday morning,” Biloxi Public Schools chief Arthur McMillan says of the second annual Biloxi 5K Run and 1-mile trek. “We’re looking forward to a great event. We’re reminding people to mark their calendars and […]

Downtown to turn into a sea of red Saturday

“We think the bad weather will be behind us, and we’re going to have a sea of red in downtown Biloxi Saturday morning,” Biloxi Public Schools chief Arthur McMillan says of the second annual Biloxi 5K Run and 1-mile trek. “We’re looking forward to a great event. We’re reminding people to mark their calendars and […]

‘Katrina +10′ honors 5,000th visitor

Paul and Sylvia Ely, visitors from Norman, Okla., today became the 5,000th visitors to the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s “Katrina +10″ exhibit. The Elys were visiting Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast and decided to stop by to see the multi-media exhibit, which opened 34 days ago at the east Biloxi museum. “This is so exciting! […]

Tulane moving to Edgewater Village

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development came the announcement that Tulane University will be relocating from Edgewater Mall to Edgewater Village, into the former Books-A-Million location. This relocation will add  a solid anchor to Edgewater Village, allowing Tulane to double in size, and will free up space at the mall for additional retail […]

Katrina documentary premieres Sunday

A new documentary about the inspirational recovery from Hurricane Katrina makes its debut Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Saenger Theater. The documentary, titled “Katrina +10,” features interviews with leaders of Coast cities, tourism and gaming analysts, volunteers and others who witnessed Hurricane Katrina and have been a part of the rebuilding and recovery in […]

Last call for city’s summer camp

The City of Biloxi Parks and Recreation Department is allowing late registrants as well as non-Biloxi residents to sign up through Friday, May 8 for its Summer Playground and Enrichment Program. Individuals may register children, ages 5-14, with and without disabilities, by visiting the Parks and Recreation office at the Hiller Park Armory, 377 Hiller […]

Newsletter shows municipal polling places

Residents of Biloxi will be receiving a reminder of municipal polling places in a Voter Information newsletter arriving in homes this week. The newsletter, which is being mailed to all homes and businesses in Biloxi, is designed to make sure Biloxians know where to vote in the special election for mayor on Tuesday, April 28. […]

City Desk: Infrastructure, mayors past and future, and more

This week’s “City Desk” webcast, a 20-minute presentation that is more than double its usual length, is chockfull of timely  information: Among the topics: –Infrastructure: How much time this week’s rainfall has taken from the ongoing infrastructure work, how contractors plan which streets they work on. Hear from Tony Morrow of Oscar Renda Construction Co. […]

Shaggy’s to expand beachside deck

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the final building permit was issued to Shaggy’s Restaurant to  complete the new kitchen and deck addition.  Also issued this week was a building permit for renovations to the Golden Nugget Casino, to include the addition of new restrooms. Building plans were received for a new […]

Pass, Popp’s Ferry signals remain down

Traffic signals at Popp’s Ferry and Pass Roads, downed yesterday by a vehicle accident, are not expected to be fully operational until around noon today. The intersection has been converted to a four-way stop until repairs are completed. Police also may be at the intersection, helping to keep traffic moving safely and efficiently. Motorists should […]

Gines: April 28 meeting will go on as planned

Council President Felix O. Gines has said that the council meeting scheduled for April 28 will indeed take place, contrary to assertions by Acting Mayors Kenny Glavan and Robert L. Deming III that it would be postponed because of mayoral elections that day.    

Program to spotlight desegregation of Biloxi schools

A free public program to mark the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Biloxi Public Schools will be presented Thursday, April 23 at the Biloxi Visitors Center. Seating will begin at 5 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m. “Biloxi School Desegregation: A Historic First” will feature a panel of regionally known Civil […]

City seeks to get water-logged infrastructure work back on track

The city’s infrastructure work has been impacted significantly by this week’s rainfall, according to Acting Mayor Robert Deming, and the city’s Public Works Department has had to focus its attention on making sure ditches and catch basins were clear of debris and able to handle as much rainwater as possible. More than 9½ inches of […]

Holloways to be honored Sunday

The public will have a chance to celebrate the career of former Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway during a reception for Holloway and his wife on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center. The casual gathering will feature free food and refreshments and is being billed as “A Celebration of a Lifetime […]

City seeks nominations for Sports Hall of Fame

The Biloxi Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for the 2015 class of the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame, which will be inducted in August. The department is seeking nominees whose playing career is completed but may still be coaching or volunteering in Biloxi. The inductees will be selected on athletic achievements, advancement […]

Glavan names Deming as acting mayor

Acting Mayor Kernny Glavan announced this afternoon that he is appointing Ward 4 Councilmember Robert L. Deming III to serve as acting mayor while he campaigns to be elected mayor in the special election on April 28. Deming’s appointment by Glavan is effective today and runs through April 28. Glavan, who was appointed as acting […]

Blessey to lead east Biloxi, Point Cadet discussion

Former Biloxi Mayor Gerald Blessey, who in the 1980s led a move to draft a Point Cadet Waterfront Master Plan, will lead a “Katrina +10″ discussion this week on the future of east Biloxi and Point Cadet. “The Future of East Biloxi and Point Cadet,” which is free and open to the public, will be […]

Expect busy roadways in Biloxi this weekend

John Miller has been in the Biloxi Police Department for 25 years, five years as chief, and he says this weekend has the potential to be one the busiest he’s ever seen. “We’ve checked with the hotel-motel association, and we’re at 96 percent occupancy across the Coast,” Miller said. “We’re expecting big spring break crowds […]

Glavan to toss first pitch at Shuckers debut

Kenny Glavan, Biloxi’s acting mayor, will throw out the first pitch in Pensacola this evening when the Biloxi Shuckers launch their 2015 Double A-baseball season. “I’m going to give it all I have,” Glavan said with a laugh. “This is going to be an historic moment for Biloxi, and I’m sure I can hit the […]

Glavan, Bull join race for mayor

Two more mayor hopefuls – Kenny Glavan and David Bull – filed their paperwork this afternoon to be candidates for mayor, bringing the candidate count to 10 for the April 28 special election. Potential candidates have until 5 p.m. today to file with the city their Qualifying Statements of Intent along with the signatures of […]

Mardi Gras Museum to host book signing

The public is invited to a book signing for a new book by Biloxi native Danny Holley at the Biloxi Mardi Gras Museum, at 119 Rue Magnolia (next to Mary Mahoney’s Old French House Restaurant) Thursday  from 5 to 7 p.m. The book, “‘Cappi’ — The Alabaster Boy,” was written by Holley to create an […]

Deadline nears for volunteer nominees

Those interested in nominating an individual, organization or business for the upcoming Volunteer Recognition Ceremony have until Friday to turn in forms. The city will recognize individuals and groups for  their volunteerism in the 32nd Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave. See the nomination […]

Lott to discuss Katrina challenges, successes

Trent Lott, who as a U.S. Senator helped secure $24 billion in Katrina relief funds for Mississippi, will tell the inside story of those efforts duirng “An Evening With Trent Lott” this evening at 7 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center. The presentation marks the first appearance by a national figure for the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum […]

Biloxi Brigade, police funding on agenda today

The Biloxi City Council this afternoon will consider a measure by Acting Mayor Kenny Glavan that will create the “Biloxi Brigade,” a group of Keesler volunteers that will help revitalize parks in the city. The resolution is one of nearly two dozens meausres the City Council will review during a 1:30 meeting this afternoon at […]

City to conduct lifeguarding class

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will conduct a lifeguarding class this afternoon and Thursday afternoon to certify individuals who want to work either this summer or throughout the year as a lifeguard. Interested individuals must be at least 15 years old and must complete a pre-test at the Natatorium either this afternoon or Thursday at […]

Mayoral hopefuls now up to eight

Another office seeker, Victor Ainsworth, has filed his paperwork to be a candidate for mayor, bringing the candidate count to eight for the upcoming April 28 special election. Potential candidates have until April 8 at 5 p.m. to file with the city their Qualifying Statements of Intent along with the signatures of 50 registered Biloxi […]

Farmers Market closed until April 7

The City of Biloxi’s Charles R. Hegwood Farmers Market, located at the I-110 overpass off Hopkins Boulevard and Howard Avenue, is closed until April 7. The Parks and Recreation Department is improving the site for the market’s annual grand opening ceremony on April 7. “We will be repainting the lines, cleaning up the trash cans […]

Council OKs revision to baseball agreement

The Biloxi City Council this morning approved an amendment to the MGM Park lease with Biloxi Baseball and Overtime Sports that would set forth terms of how the $925,000 being provided by the baseball partners would be spent and outlined how the city would repay the money. The agreement, which also was OK’d by site […]

Ohr-O’Keefe to launch K10 special events Thursday evening

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum’s “Katrina +10″ exhibit, which has been seen by nearly 2,000 people since opening 10 days ago, will kick off its array of special events Thursday evening with a fast-paced presentation on April 2 that will examine the way things have changed since Hurricane Katrina. On Thursday, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., the […]

Hiller Park to host Easter egg hunt Saturday

The city’s Easter Eggstravanza, including an Easter egg hunt and family-oriented activities, takes place Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hiller Park. The actual Easter egg hunt begins at 3 p.m., but you’ll find a carnival, the Easter Bunny, and a refreshments booth, with proceeds to benefit the fund to revitalize Hiller Park. The […]

Caranna, Morris bring mayoral total to seven

Two more mayoral hopefuls – Cono Caranna and Pat Morris – have filed with the Municipal Clerk their intentions to be candidates for mayor of Biloxi in the upcoming April 28 special election, and the deadline for voter registration is Saturday at noon. Caranna and Morris today filed Qualifying Statements of Intent along with 50 signatures […]

Tisdale files paperwork; voter deadline approaches

A fifth candidate – Paul Tisdale – has filed with the Municipal Clerk his intentions to be a candidate for mayor of Biloxi in the upcoming April 28 special election, and the deadline for voter registration is Saturday at noon. Tisdale this afternoon filed his Qualifying Statement of Intent along with 50 signatures of registered Biloxi […]

160,000 expected for Keesler air show

Keesler Air Force Base expects to host 160,000 people or more this weekend for the  air show and open house headlined by the Air Force Thunderbirds. To help move visitors on and off the base, Keesler will offer free shuttle service beginning at 8:45 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Best place to park to catch the shuttle: […]

Newman files intent; voter registration deadline is Saturday

Another candidate – Dixie Newman – has filed with the Municipal Clerk her intentions to be a candidate for mayor of Biloxi in the upcoming April 28 special election, and the deadline for voter registration is Saturday at noon. Newman on Tuesday filed her Qualifying Statement of Intent along with 50 signatures of registered Biloxi voters, […]

Nichols to see more students, more classes next year

Biloxi Public Schools plans to double the number of students at Nichols beginning next school year by offering more pre-K classes, and moving kindergarten and first grade classes to Nichols from nearby Gorenflo Elementary. Gorenflo Elementary School will host Grades 2 through 5 next school year.  “We’re seeing increases in the numbers of students attending […]

Biloxi makes another vacation list

A new online travel report pegs Biloxi as the third best cheap summer vacation spot in the country, although Acting Mayor Kenny Glavan says he’d prefer “affordable” to “cheap.” U.S. News used “expert insight along with an assessment of affordability and traveler appeal”  to determine “the best summer vacations to take on the cheap.” Says […]

It’s official: Three now intend to run for mayor

Two more would-be candidates have filed with Municipal Clerk their intentions to be candidates for mayor of Biloxi in the upcoming April 28 special election: W.S. “Windy” Swetman III and Felix O. Gines. Swetman filed his Qualifying Statement of Intent and Candidate Petition on Monday afternoon, and Gines filed his paperwork this morning. The two […]

Popp’s Ferry widening work set to begin

The city will hold a ground-breaking ceremony this week for the last phase of widening Popp’s Ferry Road, from Cedar Lake Road to Lamey Street, the city limits with D’Iberville. The ceremony, to be conducted Thursday at 4 p.m. in front of the First Baptist Church of Biloxi, signals the $6.5 million construction of the […]

‘K10′ has ribbon cutting, free day Saturday

“Katrina +10,” the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s multi-media exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, has its ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, with free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jerry O’Keefe, the former Biloxi mayor who envisioned the beachfront museum, will cut the ribbon Saturday at 11 a.m., signaling the official opening of the […]

Planning OKs downtown property revision

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the subdivision of a lot in the downtown area for a “to be announced” commercial development. The approval recommendation will now go before the City Council for final consideration. Also this week, the Development Review Committee […]

Gilich becomes first to file mayoral paperwork

“FoFo” Gilich this afternoon became the first Biloxi resident to file paperwork with the Municipal Clerk declaring his intent to run for mayor in the special election scheduled for April 28. Under the state-required process for the special election, would-be candidates must file a Qualifying Statement of Intent, along with 50 signatures of registered Biloxi […]

‘Katrina +10′ opens to public Friday morning

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art will launch “Katrina +10,” the largest Hurricane Katrina exhibit in the Southeast, on Friday morning at 10. “Katrina +10″ will be a six-month retrospective about Hurricane Katrina and will feature the award-winning efforts of the Sun Herald, WLOX, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Hands On Mississippi and Mississippi Power, the company that brought […]

Green light for Grillin’, Hibernia on Saturday

It’s a wet windfest outside today, but organizers say there’s still a green light for Grillin’ on the Green Saturday on the Biloxi Town Green. The Hibernia Marching Society, as well, says its ready for roll its annual parade, too. More than 30 grill teams have signed up for the grilling competition, and 75 arts […]

Work continues on a number of projects, proposals

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, Our department issued permits for a new medical office for Dr. Michael Diaz to be located at 936 Tommy Munro Drive, and a renovation permit for Hard Rock Casino to accomodate a new Pie Five Pizza Restaurant. Also this week, we completed the plans review for […]

Holloway makes surprise appearance at State of City

A.J. Holloway hasn’t missed a State of the City presentation for more than 20 years now, and despite leaving office for health reasons earlier this month, he didn’t miss today’s either. The longest-serving mayor in the history of the city, who officially resigned Tuesday to spend more time with his family, walked from behind the […]

Glavan, in first act, honors Outstanding Citizen Blessey

Acting Mayor Kenny Glavan, in his first public function since being named Tuesday, honored Katherine Blessey as Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen for 2014 during a Lions Club luncheon today. And during a sold-out Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, Biloxi’s new leader, albeit temporary as mayor, will welcome those attending the annual State of the […]

Wheel of Biloxi government turning deliberately — and anxiously

Biloxi municipal government will be expected to turn on a dime this week, with the City Council choosing a new acting mayor from among themselves Tuesday morning, with several mayoral obligations already waiting for the new chief executive, and behind the scenes work underway on a special election that hasn’t even been called yet. “We’re […]

Council meets Tuesday to choose acting mayor

The Biloxi City Council has called a special meeting for Tuesday at 10 a.m., when  councilmembers are expected to accept the resignation of Mayor A.J. Holloway and choose an acting mayor. The acting mayor, who will be chosen from  among the councilmembers, would serve until a special election is conducted, which is expected to be […]

More than 500 seats sold for State of the City

City Councilmembers will decide Tuesday who will be delivering the welcoming remarks for next week’s State of the City luncheon, but one thing’s for sure: more than 500 seats have been sold for the event. Tina Ross-Seamans, director of the sponsoring Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce, reports that tickets have been selling at a steady […]

Veterans Avenue crematory plans under review

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, we received the building plans for the Marshall’s Crematory to be located on Veterans Drive. The crematory is phase 1 of a 2-phase project which will also include Marshall’s Funeral Home. Building plans were received this week for 2 new single family houses. Also this week, […]

Holloway to step down as Biloxi’s mayor

Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway, the city’s longest serving mayor, notified the City Council today that he is resigning his position as mayor. “Due to an accumulation of health issues, I must ask the people of the City of Biloxi to permit me to be with my family for the remainder of this municipal term,” Holloway […]

Weekend preview: Comedy, music and an Arbor Day Run

In town this weekend are comedian Ron White, singer Paul Anka, the group Lone Star and the Neil Diamond tribute group Super Diamond. Also, the City of Biloxi, along with the Gulf Coast Running Club and the Disability Connection organization, will stage the 27th Arbor Day 5K Run Saturday in downtown Biloxi. The event, with […]

Permits issued for Casino Magic, other projects

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the department issued separate permits for the fire sprinkler system and the fire alarm system for Casino Magic. Building plans were received this week for an office building on Tommy Munro Drive for D. R. Horton Homebuilders. Plans were also received for a new commercial warehouse Structure […]

Council to consider temporary sign issue

The City Council on Tuesday will consider continuing to allow businesses in Biloxi to use pennants, banners, streamers and flags to advertise their businesses – practices ordinarily prohibited under the city’s Land Development Ordinance. The measure is one of more that two dozen issues included on the agenda for the council’s meeting on Tuesday at […]

Ohr-O’Keefe to launch ‘Katrina +10′ exhibition

This time next month – on March 20 – the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art will launch “Katrina +10,” a six-month retrospective about Hurricane Katrina and featuring the award-winning efforts of the Sun Herald, WLOX, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Hands On Mississippi and Mississippi Power Co., the company that brought in 12,000 workers from across the […]

Planning OKs Walmart market for Popp’s Ferry

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a preliminary subdivision plat for the proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market to be located on the former Ellzey property on Popp’s Ferry Road. The commission also voted unanimously to approve a conditional use application for a self-serve gas station […]

Double your pleasure this Mardi Gras

Remember, Biloxi parade-goers, you have two parades with two routes this Mardi Gras. Neptune, of course, kicks off the celebration with its nighttime parade on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., with guest grand marshal Joe Horn, the colorful former Saints wide receiver who will be filling in for snowbound Weather Channel storm chaser Jim Cantore. The […]

Mardi Gras safety tips: Before, during and after the parades

The City of Biloxi encourages you to have a spirited-yet-safe time at Mardi Gras. In order to make the occasion a safe one, the Biloxi Police Department asks that you follow these suggestions, which are more than suggestions in many cases: Before the parade — Carpool and anticipate traffic delays. Appoint a designated driver. Obey […]

Repair permits issued for Casino Magic site

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the department issued a repair permit for the interior of the former Casino Magic structure. The valuation for the permit is $6.3 million dollars, and includes the existing building/structure only. A repair permit for exterior repairs was issued earlier this year with a valuation of $4 […]

See living history at the Biloxi Visitors Center

History Week is now underway at the Biloxi Visitors Center and you’re invited to drop by between now and Saturday. The Mississippi Coast Historical & Genealogical Society is sponsoring the 25th annual Mississippi Coast History Week, which features a number of exhibits celebrating the anniversary of the Feb. 13, 1699 landing of d’Iberville on the […]

Remember: Two parade routes this year

Biloxi Police are reminding paradegoers that two parade routes will be used for this year’s Mardi Gras parades – one for the Neptune night parade on Saturday, Feb. 14, and the traditional route, for Gulf Coast Carnival on Tuesday, Feb. 17. To see the two routes, click here.    

Neptune to offer plenty of firsts this weekend

The Krewe of Neptune, which over the years had been relegated to a handful of colorful floats tagged onto the end of the Gulf Coast Carnival parade on Mardi Gras Day, will be making history this year with its own nighttime parade, with weathercaster Jim Cantore as celebrity grand marshal, and with a new parade […]

Children, Second Liners parade in Biloxi Saturday

Two Mardi Gras parades roll in Biloxi this weekend – the annual children’s walking parade and the Biloxi Second Liners – highlighting a weekend of seven parades Coastwide. The annual Biloxi Mardi Gras Children’s Walking Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Howard Avenue at I-110, travel east to Reynoir Street, and south to Camellia, […]

Demolition permit issued for Hutter Building remnants

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, a demolition permit was issued to remove the remaining façade of the Hutter Building in the Vieux Marche’. The fenced-in remnant of the structure has been an eyesore in the downtown area since the building burned in January of 2011. This demo was necessary to make way […]

Ohr plans second round of live oak plantings

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, which next month launches a huge exhibit to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, is seeking sponsors for the planting of seven of the 19 more Live oaks on its beachfront campus. The planting, which will be performed Feb. 20 by volunteers from Mississippi Power Co., is part of […]

City seeks to maximize use, benefits of MGM Park

“Breakfast with the Mayor” was presented as “Breakfast with the Acting Mayor” this morning, as Ward 2 Councilman Felix O. Gines, filling in for Mayor A.J. Holloway, spoke to a number of city issues before introducing a program about the opportunities the city faces with MGM Park. “I’m proud that the mayor has chosen me […]

This weekend: Community theater, music and parades

Coast community theater aficionados will find “The Odd Couple” on stage this weekend at the Biloxi Little Theater, and you’ll find performances by Merle Haggard at the Beau Rivage, Kathy Griffin at the IP, and Mardi Gras parades roll in Lizana, Orange Grove, Ocean Springs and Pass Christian. See the entire weekend lineup   MGM […]

Council hears sides of short-term rentals issue

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the city council conducted a public hearing on “Short Term Rental”. Citizens were asked to offer their comments and recommendations concerning owners renting their single family houses for periods of less than 30 days. During the meeting, six (6) speakers offered comments in favor of short term […]

Holloway admits himself to alcohol treatment facility

Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway, the longest-serving mayor in the history of the city, this afternoon was admitted to an alcohol treatment facility in Hattiesburg. “Mayor Holloway and his family are certainly in our thoughts and prayers at this time,” said Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols. “This is a decision Mayor Holloway reached himself, with the […]

Council to discuss short-term rental issue

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday will hear status reports on the city’s on-going infrastructure work and construction at MGM Park, and a public hearing will be held to discuss the growing interest in short-term rentals, or so-called Vacation Rentals by Owners. The issues are among the nearly two-dozen measures on the agenda for the […]

Beer fest, other events highlight weekend

The hops will be flowing Saturday at the Coast Coliseum for the Fifth Annual Hops Beer Festival, one of the events dotting the weekend entertainment lineup. Elsewhere, this weekend, you’ll find “Always Patsy Cline” at Center Stage; Captain Fantastic, an Elton John tribute at Hard Rock; Rick Springfield at the Beau Rivage; Break the Bar […]

Governor, First Lady to lead Exceptional parade in Biloxi

Gov. Phil Bryant, and Mississippi’s First Lady, Deborah Bryant, will join Helen Irlen of the Irlen Institute for the MS Council for Exceptional Children (MS-CEC) Mardi Gras Parade on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. in Biloxi.  The parade is an opening activity for the MS-CEC statewide conference being held at the IP Casino and […]

Council OKs plan for subdivision off Miss. 67

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development the city council voted 5-2 to approve the preliminary plat for a new 88 lot single family residential subdivision to be located on Old Highway 67, north of Woolmarket Road. With this approval, the project engineer will begin designing the infrastructure plans for the project. Also this […]