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Your City at Work

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 […]

Ohr-O’Keefe museum seeks ‘Katrina ambassadors’

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is seeking volunteers to help greet visitors to a huge Hurricane Katrina-related exhibition opening at the museum in March. During the exhibit, which will run from late March to Labor Day, the museum will be open seven days a week: Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and […]

Tree committee gets nod from Planning Commission

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a text change for the establishment of a city tree committee. The planning commission recommendation will now go before the city council for final consideration. If approved by the city council, the committee would be composed of seven […]

Children’s parade rolls on Feb. 7

The annual Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, a chance for youngsters to become acquainted with Carnival, is less than a month away, and now is the time to sign up. Children age 12 and under are invited to participate in the Saturday, Feb. 7 parade, either walking, or on bikes or skates, or being […]

Foreigner concert will have Biloxi flavor

The rock group Foreigner has a bevy of Top 10 songs to its credit – “Jukebox Hero,” “Hot Blooded,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “Cold as Ice,” to name a few – but one song will have a special appeal to local audiences during the group’s show at the […]

Council upholds denial of front beach zoning change

By Jerry Creel Community Development Director This week in economic development, the city council voted to uphold the recommendation of the planning commission to deny a change in zoning for several parcels of property located on Beach Boulevard between Hopkins Boulevard and Porter Avenue. At a previous meeting, the city council voted to approve an application for […]

City to unveil Brownfields Assessment Program

The City of Biloxi will hold an information meeting on Tuesday to unveil a new program to help assess any properties that may affected by hazardous substances with a goal of seeing the properties become suitable for re-development or re-use. The project is being funded by a $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields […]

See photos from Twelfth Night

See more than 80 photos from this evening’s Twelfth Night event by clicking here.

Twelfth Night gathering to signal arrival of Carnival season

The Gulf Coast will officially change from the holiday season to Carnival season on Monday, Jan. 5, with the celebration of Twelfth Night beginning at the Biloxi Visitors Center and parading to the Mardi Gras Museum. “The Biloxi Visitors Center is where we began the holiday season, with the lighting of the decorations at the […]

Visitors Center Open House is Saturday

Attention, last-minute shoppers: You’ll find more 50 vendors selling the best in local arts and crafts during the annual Biloxi Visitors Center Open House on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to two floors of wares, the extravaganza will feature door prizes throughout the day, and hamburgers and hot dogs grilled by […]

Lighthouse Park taking shape at Porter Avenue

Motorists passing the Biloxi Lighthouse are seeing the latest city park beginning to take shape. The 5.25-acre site, just west of Porter Avenue and a stone’s throw from the Biloxi Lighthouse, represents the completion of the Lighthouse Park and Visitors Center project. It is expected to be completed in April. The $5.2 million federally funded […]

Council OKs La Quinta zoning; Planning OKs subdivision

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the city council voted unanimously to approved the zoning change for property located at 950 and 956 Beach Boulevard from Residential Multi-Family (RM-10), to Community Business (CB). This change was necessary in order to allow a proposed La Quinta Inn & Suites. The design […]

Santa visits Excel by 5 and Hiller Park this weekend

It’s another weekend of holiday fare in Biloxi, with toddlers having an educational encounter with Santa Claus at Excel by 5’s Come Learn With Santa, and the Hiller Park revitalization effort getting another boost with Christmas at Hiller. Both events are Saturday. The free, educational and hands-on party hosted by Excel by 5 takes place […]

New home construction continues to thrive

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, single family residential home construction continues to thrive. We received 19 sets of plans for new single family houses to be constructed in locations throughout the city. Construction sites include: (4) for Goose Pointe, (4) for Mill Creek, Taylor Oaks (3), Hengen Place (2), Rock Creek (2), […]

Line break reduces water pressure in east Biloxi

Residents and businesses in east Biloxi may experience diminished water pressure today as Biloxi Public Works crews and contractors work to repair a 16-inch water line that broke near Maple Street  and the CSX railway. The break occurred late Wednesday and crews have worked through the night to repair the line, which carries water at […]

Enjoy the local flavor of the holidays this weekend

It’s here: Biloxi’s annual Christmas on the Water weekend. This evening at 6, the annual Children’s Christmas Parade in downtown Biloxi begins rolling. Get a spot in front of City Hall and plan to see a small parade that will boast big numbers: nearly 300 children, a three-wheeled bicycle elf, singers, plenty of hay wagons and […]

Tree committee officially in the works

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the city council voted to approve a charge to the community development staff to conduct a public hearing before the planning commission for the purpose of seeking public input on the establishment of a tree advisory committee. The recommended proposal would consider the establishment […]

Lighthouse lighting ceremony is today at 5:30

A visit from a holiday grinch aside, the city ushers in the Christmas season this afternoon with the lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse with 1960s-era decorations.  The decorations — a dozen red-and-silver garlands streaming from the top to bottom of the lighthouse and two horizontal garlands keeping them all in place — were inspired by a […]

Children’s parade will have a few surprises

Expect to see a few new additions to this year’s annual Children’s Christmas Parade in downtown Biloxi, including a three-wheeled bicycle elf, singers, plenty of hay wagons and a selection of vintage fire trucks. And, of course, you’ll see 275 children on parade when the 11-unit procession begins rolling at 6 o’clock Friday evening. “We […]

Visitors Center sees another jump in guests

The number of people walking in the door at the Biloxi Visitors Center is up 22 percent over last year, with more than 137,000 guests using the beachfront facility, and at the same time, the center’s gift shop, a treasure trove of wares from local artists and craftsmen, has seen nearly a 40 percent increase […]

Shuckers: Biloxi team unveils name, logo

From the Biloxi Shuckers The new Biloxi professional baseball team revealed its identity Monday night as the Biloxi Shuckers took center stage during a ceremony inside Biloxi’s historic Saenger Theatre. The Shuckers will begin play in the Southern League next April as the new Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. “We are very excited to […]

Visitors Center to host North, introduce museum pass

The Biloxi Visitors Center, which is already showcasing the work of Katrina sculptures chainsaw artist Marlin Miller, will host a two-day exhibit by the work of local photographer Alex North this weekend, and on Sunday will introduce the Museum Pass, a new ticket that offers admission to a trio of museums and the Biloxi Lighthouse. […]

Ushering in the holiday season

The march to Christmas is underway, with the Nutcracker dancing across the stage this weekend at the Saenger, and a host of other holiday events dotting the calendar between now and Dec. 25. In Biloxi, of course, Christmas means Christmas on the Water, the children’s Christmas parade, the Christmas in the City arts and crafts […]

Five short-term rentals seek approval

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission conducted public hearings to hear five applications for “Short-Term Rental”. These particular cases involved five single family houses where the owners were requesting approval to rent or lease the properties for periods of less than 30 days.  Under the Land Development Ordinance, […]

Christmas on Water highlights holiday schedule

Biloxi’s signature holiday event, Christmas on the Water, will once again feature land and water parades, fireworks, arts and crafts, and, of course, Santa Claus. The event kicks off Friday, Dec. 5 with a children’s parade through the downtown and lighting of the Town Green, followed by a “Christmas in the City” arts and crafts […]

Loaves and Fishes to raffle autographed Saints Super Bowl football

Loaves and Fishes, the Biloxi soup kitchen that serves 6,000 meals a month on a shoestring budget, has come up with a super way to raise money to feed the hungry as its most challenging time of the year approaches, the holiday season. The non-profit is raffling a valuable piece of Saints football: a commemorative […]

MGM Park reaches a construction milestone

Mayor A.J. Holloway signed on the dotted line – or steel beam – this afternoon, signaling a milestone in the construction of MGM Park, the downtown baseball stadium and entertainment venue. Holloway signed his name to the last major steel beam being erected on the building, marking a topping-out point in the construction of the […]

City Council meetings begin shortly

The Biloxi City Council has its 1:30 p.m. today, with a meeting to discuss the city’s tree-protection ordinance. Both meetings will be at City Hall and are open to the public. See the agenda for the 1:30 meeting   New sidewalk planned between Popp’s Ferry and Hiller Park  Residents and motorists on Atkinson Road will be […]

New sidewalk planned between Popp’s Ferry and Hiller Park

Residents and motorists on Atkinson Road will be seeing construction of a new sidewalk to link Popp’s Ferry Road to just west of Hiller Park. Nearly three-dozen residents who live on Atkinson Road have been notified of the upcoming work and have been invited to learn more at a community meeting on Monday, Nov.  24 […]

Infrastructure work coming up in Balmoral, Edgewater area

Residents of the Balmoral and Edgewater Drive area in west Biloxi will be seeing a major infrastructure project getting underway in December, and the result will be new water mains, sewer lines and storm drains as well as replacement of the streets, curbs and sidewalks impacted by the construction work. The $1.82 million project is […]

Beauvoir goes Scottish this weekend

You’ll find plenty of pipe bands, Irish dancing, sheep herding and jousting this weekend as Beauvoir hosts the two-day Scottish Highland Games, one of this weekend’s top events. The festival features traditional foods, such as meat pies, sausage rolls and pastries, and other fair fare. A host of vendors will offer unique Scottish and Irish […]

DRC see plans for South Beach East, apartments

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Development Review Committee reviewed a site plan for South Beach East. South Beach East will add an additional 60 units to the existing South Beach Condotel, located on the south side of Beach Boulevard next to Sharkheads. The DRC also reviewed a proposal […]

Planning group to discuss re-zoning, tree ordinance

A committee of the Biloxi Planning Commission will hold a workshop next week to discuss the possibility of re-zoning to commercial beachfront land north of U.S. 90 between Porter Avenue and Hopkins Boulevard, and possible revisions to the city’s tree-protection ordinance. The Zoning Text and Map Committee will meet Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the […]

Parade highlights entertainment-filled weekend

More than 1,900 marchers are scheduled to be a part of the Gulf Coast Veterans Day parade on Saturday in downtown Biloxi, and you’ll also be able to see a host of arts and crafts vendors and military displays in a “Red, White and Blue on the Green” gathering on the Town Green. The parade […]

Review continues for Hyatt, medical office

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, we are continuing to review the building construction plans for the proposed Hyatt Place Hotel, to be located on Beach Boulevard. We are also completing the building plans review for Dr. Michael Diaz’ Office and Surgical Center, to be constructed on Tommy Munro Boulevard. Earlier this […]