Category Archives: Your City At Work

Your City at Work

Ohr to launch campaign to restore oaks at museum

When world-renowned architect Frank Gehry first looked at the site for the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art on east beach, he envisioned shiny buildings nestled neatly among the grove of majestic oak trees. So construction began, and the idea of a museum “dancing with the trees” began to take shape. Unfortunately, not long after construction began, […]

This weekend: Battles, a Beatle and BLT

Diversity is the word for this weekend’s entertainment lineup. Beauvoir: The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library hosts its 2014 fall muster this weekend, where you can see plenty of re-enactors and encampments and an occasional skirmish, while next door the Coast Coliseum has Inktoberfest, a huge gathering of tattoo artists, and a horror film […]

Development report: More big numbers

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, after only 9.5 months in 2014, our construction valuation total has surpassed our total for the entire 2013 calendar year. For 2013 our construction valuation was $104,037,322. With the building permits issued this week, our total valuation for 2014 is $105,469,200, with a number of proposed […]

Library program turns back pages of time

History buffs can get a preview of next weekend’s cemetery tours and discover the importance of journals in a free program Thursday afternoon at the Biloxi Public Library. The Local History and Genealogy Department at the Biloxi Public Library on Howard Avenue will offer the program Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Two re-enactors – Bill Raymond […]

Cruisin’ into the final weekend

Cruisin’ the Coast, the non-stop celebration of vehicles that navigates an RV-lined U.S. 90, enters its final weekend with a record-setting number of registered automobiles and onlookers. You’ll find a host of daily entertainment on the outdoor stages at Edgewater Mall and at sites along the Coast, along with concerts at casino venues. More than […]

Reef Restaurant opens; Sal & Mookie’s gets permit

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, activities included the opening of the Reef Restaurant on Beach Boulevard. The restaurant opened on Saturday, just in time for Cruisin’ the Coast. Although the building is complete and operational, be on the lookout for the addition of two more improvements. A new playground will be […]

Photos from the downtown block party

To see more than a hundred photos of cars and people at this morning’s Downtown Biloxi Block Party for Cruisin’ the Coast, courtesy of the city’s Facebook page, click here.

Cruisin’ crowds bigger than ever, says police chief

“It seems that there are more people here earlier than ever before,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says of this year’s Cruisin’ the Coast and the number of RVs and onlookers gathering each day along U.S. 90. Miller and his officers with the Biloxi Police Department say Cruisin’, with expectations of as many as 7,300 […]

Artists have a mission in downtown Biloxi

Cruisers and visitors to the big Downtown Biloxi Block Party on Wednesday will have a chance to see nearly 50 pieces of artwork – some as large as 12-foot by 8-foot – in a public display on buildings from Reynoir to Lameuse Street, in the heart of the Vieux Marche. The project involves about two […]

Downtown rolls out another First Friday

Finally First Friday, the monthly tip of the hat to downtown Biloxi, ushers in another turn of the calendar this evening with entertainment by the Brett Mitchell Band and Richard Shropshire. The 5 to 8 p.m. event, focused in the Rue Magnolia and Water Street area known as the Downtown Arts District, features discounts from […]

Medical-retail development OK’d on Jam Lane

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted to approve a new 2-lot medical and retail subdivision to be located on Jam Lane. The proposed development will include 13,000 square feet of retail space and 2000 square feet of medical. The Planning Commission also voted to approve […]

Nearly 450 swimmers expected for Demoruelle meet

Nearly two dozen high schools and 440 swimmers from across the state will be competing in the 12th Annual Jeanie Demoruelle Invitational Swim Meet Saturday, at the Biloxi Natatorium. The swim meet will begin at 10:30 a.m. and last run until about 4 p.m.  Spectator fee is $5. “We have a lot of really competitive […]

Cruisin’ gets rolling this weekend

You’ve seen the signals over the past few weeks on U.S. 90: County crews cutting grass and trimming palm trees, the power company repairing street lights on the thoroughfare, MDOT paving sections of the roadway, and Biloxi Public Works crews positioning barricades at key intersections. It’s all setting the stage for Cruisin’ the Coast, the […]

City to conduct auction of surplus equipment

The City of Biloxi will conduct an auction of surplus city equipment – boats, vehicles, trailers, tractors, school buses, zero-turn mowers, tools, computers and the like – on Saturday, Oct. 11 on the Biloxi Public Safety Communications site on Popp’s Ferry Road. The auction will be begin at 9 a.m., and potential bidders have a […]

Visitors Center announces book signings, craft show

The Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd., will host a trio of public events in October:  two books signings and the 2nd Annual Lighthouse Arts and Crafts Fair.   Book signing, Oct. 2, 5:30‐7 p.m.: “Code: Team Zebra” is about a small Top Secret organization funded by Congress under a fictitious research titled Project 7. Only […]

Biloxi to get 30th annual Tree City designation

Biloxi, which is Mississippi’s oldest Tree City, will receive its 30th annual designation as a member of Tree City USA during a ceremony in Jackson on Wednesday. City Arborist Eric Nolan, who also heads the city’s Development Review Committee, will be at the Children’s Museum in Jackson on Wednesday to accept the designation for the […]

Public safety festival is Saturday on Town Green

Dozens of families are expected to gather on the Biloxi Town Green Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to show-and-tell time by the Biloxi Police and Fire departments. It’s the annual Community Festival Against Crime, where Biloxi public safety workers offer safety and fire-prevention tips to the public in an outdoor setting that involves […]

Sal & Mookie’s to get permit next week

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, we received the final site information for Sal & Mookie’s Restaurant. The actual building permit should be issued in the next few days. Construction crews at the Reef Restaurant are working diligently to finish and open before “Cruisin’ the Coast” begins this week. The new location […]

Biloxi Police: ‘We want your drugs’

Residents of Biloxi with unused or unnecessary prescription drugs are being asked to bring the drugs to the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. so they may be disposed of properly. The department is again taking part in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The program aims […]

Initial layer of asphalt scheduled for Caillavet, Howard

Good news for those who travel Caillavet Street: A base layer of asphalt is expected on the section of Caillavet south of Howard Avenue by the first part of October, and the lane of Howard Avenue just east of Caillavet should be paved by mid-October. The majority of the Caillavet and Howard work has involved […]

Police, fire plan community festival for Saturday

Far too often the only encounters that residents have with Biloxi Police or Fire departments involve an auto accident, a fire or some other sort of emergency, but a free community festival this weekend is designed to give the public a chance to meet public safety workers in a fun atmosphere. The fifth annual Biloxi […]

Court affirms City Council’s decision in Waffle House case

A court has ruled that the Biloxi City Council acted within its authority in rejecting a zoning change to allow a Waffle House to be built at Myrtle Street on Point Cadet, midway between the Palace and Golden Nugget casinos. Circuit Court Judge Michael H. Ward also dismissed the notion that Councilman George Lawrence, who […]

Stadium cam: Get the picture from MGM Park at Beau Rivage

A stadium cam is now in place to give you a real-time photo and archive of images from the construction site at MGM Park at Beau Rivage, the downtown baseball stadium and entertainment venue. The interactive cameras – two of them, actually, that update images every 15 minutes – offer viewers the chance to select […]

Whet your Cruisin’ appetite at Ohr-O’Keefe

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, capitalizing on the interest in the upcoming Cruisin’ the Coast, will host a free reception this evening for a new exhibition titled “Cars in Art.” The reception,  from 5 to 7 p.m., also will be the unveiling of the exhibit “Bruce Davenport Jr: I See You Looking,” a display of […]

Plans reviewed for hospital project, five new homes

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the building plan reviews were completed for the $1.3 million dollar expansion and improvements to the Biloxi Regional Hospital’s Outpatient Facility. Plan reviews were also completed for 5 new single family houses to be constructed in the new Rock Creek Subdivision on Lorraine Road. […]

It’s here! Seafood Fest returns home this weekend

Between 25,000 and 30,000 people are expected to visit the Biloxi Seafood Festival this weekend, marking the return of the popular two-day event to its pre-Katrina location on Point Cadet. The festival, which begins Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., will feature myriad seafood dishes, live entertainment, and more than a hundred arts and crafts […]

Development report: Permits OK’d for St. Michael’s, other projects

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, our department issued building permits for the new Saint Michael’s Parish Life Center, renovations for the VIP area at the Beau Rivage’, exterior repairs to the Beauvoir Manor, construction of the new Lighthouse Park Pavilion, and the new City of Biloxi Public Works Maintenance Building and […]

Holloway seeks compromise on city budget

Mayor A.J. Holloway, citing a need to shore up city finances, has vetoed two budget measures passed by the City Council on Tuesday. Holloway notified councilmembers this afternoon that he vetoed the proposed budget for FY 2015 because the $53 million budget provides only a $56,000 spending reserve, which, the mayor said last week, could […]

Fireman’s Day Parade set for Sept. 20

The Biloxi Fireman’s Day Parade, a tradition that once was more popular than the city’s Mardi Gras parades, will roll through downtown Biloxi on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 20. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said fire departments from across south Mississippi are expected to be represented in the  10 a.m. parade, which begins on […]

Biloxi First to ‘honor’ Susan Hunt

Susan Hunt has dedicated her life to the children of Biloxi, whether through being a career educator, or working with Biloxi Excel By 5 or helping spark an interest in the colorful traditions of Mardi Gras, and now a group of her friends are gathering to “honor” her lifetime of achievement. Hunt will be the […]

Art, music and belly dancing on tap for First Friday

Main Street’s “Finally! First Friday,” the monthly downtown street fair, will include an art walk with belly dancing, free beignets and music from a DJ, all coming together this evening from 5 to 8 in downtown Biloxi. In addition, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for Salt Cloth, a new business opening near the Le […]

Development report: Hotel planned at former west Biloxi hospital

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a zoning change from NB Neighborhood Business, to CB Commercial Business for the former Gulf Regional Hospital on Debuys Road, to be converted to a 171 room hotel. The planning commission’s recommendation will now go before the […]

Ohr-O’Keefe named one of country’s best small-town museums

You don’t have to travel to New York or Los Angeles or Chicago to see some of the country’s best museums or most cherished works of art, CNN says in a report released today. In fact, you can find one of the country’s best small-town museums right here in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of […]

Fourteen added to Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame

The Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame this evening added 14 new members, including a legendary sports promoter, a highly respected basketball coach, a well-traveled professional boxer and two brothers who starred on the football teams at Biloxi High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. A crowd of nearly 500 was on hand for the induction […]

‘We pause and remember’

“Rarely has a day gone by when we have not thought of Katrina,” Mayor A.J. Holloway told the hundred or so people gathered at this morning’s Katrina memorial observance on the Town Green. “It might thinking about something that used to be, and isn’t any more. Or it might be giving directions to someone and […]

Development report: By the numbers

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the news is about New Single Family Residential Homes. During this week, we have issued 3 building permits for new houses, and are reviewing plans for 4 more. Since the fiscal year began on October 1, 2013, we have issued 87 building permits for […]

Bishop, students to launch day of Katrina remembrance

The ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina will be a day of remembrance in Biloxi, beginning Friday morning with the city’s annual Katrina memorial observance on the Town Green, and showings of the documentary “Katrina & Biloxi” on Cable One and at the Biloxi Visitors Center. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, marks the ninth anniversary of the […]

City releases latest financial overview

The new Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the City of Biloxi, a report that provides detailed financial information about city operations, is now available online at biloxi.ms.us. The 130-page full-color document uses graphics, bar charts and balance sheets to provide an accurate and complete financial position of the city, as of Sept. 30, 2013, the […]

Council to meet on budget Thursday

The City Council will hold another of its series of budget meetings Thursday at 2 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public. The council is working to trim city expenditures to match the $53 million in available revenue for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins Oct. 1. The budget must be in […]

Council gets briefing on stadium progress

A representative of W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. told members of the Biloxi City Council this afternoon that construction is on schedule for the downtown baseball stadium and adjoining parking garage, but council members hope the field is ready for play before the expected completion of the first week in August of next year. […]

City’s Katrina observance is Friday morning

Bishop Roger Morin of the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi, Mayor A.J. Holloway, singer Monica Boudreaux of Biloxi and students from Biloxi High School and St. Patrick’s Catholic High School are scheduled to participate in the city’s annual Katrina memorial observance, which takes place  Friday at 8:30 a.m. on the Biloxi Town Green. The ceremony, expected […]

Report touts growth of wages on Gulf Coast

Have you checked your paycheck lately? According to a report published today on MSN, the Biloxi metro area grew by nearly 11 percent comparing numbers from the fourth quarters of 2012 and 2013. In fact, according to the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate wages growth in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula metro area was […]

Development report: Hotel zoning gets initial OK

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Planning Commission voted 10-2 to approve an application to change the zoning for property located at 950 and 956 Beach Boulevard from RM-10, Low Density Multi-Family Residential to CB-Commercial Business. The purpose of the request is to allow a LaQuinta Inn and Suites Hotel to be […]

Visitors Center unveils collection of lighthouses

The Biloxi Visitors Center this week added a new, permanent exhibition of Harbour Lights lighthouse replicas.  The exhibit features 27 limited edition lighthouse replicas collected by James and Tonie Day during their travels around the United States after Mr. Day’s retirement from a 30-year Air Force career. Included in the collection donated by the Days […]

It’s a Shrimp Bowl kind of weekend

The stage and bleachers are erected on the Town Green. The 2014 edition of the Shrimp Bowl Classic gets rolling this evening at 6 with a Spirit Night and Pep Rally on the Biloxi Town Green. This year’s doubleheader will feature Gulfport vs. Bay High on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Biloxi vs. Pearl River […]

Site work underway at Lighthouse Park

Motorists passing the Biloxi Lighthouse can see the initial site work underway on what will become Lighthouse Park, a 5.25-acre site just west of Porter Avenue and a stone’s throw from the Biloxi Lighthouse. The new park – a $5.2 million endeavor, which includes cost of land acquisition — will feature a children’s playground area, […]

Experience paying off on infrastructure work

Biloxi has completed about $20 million worth of the construction in its $355 million infrastructure work, and program manager Marvin G. Dalla Rosa says the lessons learned in that initial construction is paying off in the $153 million now under construction in areas along Back Bay and in east Biloxi. Dalla Rosa presented a detailed […]

City eyes short-term rental issue

The city’s Community Development Department has identified 160 homes that are being used for short-term rentals without proper approvals and has begun code enforcement action against 20 of them, according to a report delivered Tuesday to the Biloxi City Council. To read the report, click here.

Brick planters being removed in Vieux Marche

A volunteer group is working this week to remove brick planters from the Vieux Marche in an effort to spruce up the area and provide a clear line of sight through the heart of the downtown area. Seven of the nine planters, which range from three to four feet tall and six feet wide and […]

City Council to get the treatment Tuesday

We’re in the heat of summer, but Biloxi City Council President Kenny Glavan says he and his fellow councilmembers will be cold and wet Tuesday afternoon after the Biloxi City Council meeting. That’s because Glavan has accepted a challenge for the City Council to take part in the “ice bucket challenge,” a social-media stunt that […]

See photos from today’s Saenger presentation

A crowd of nearly 600 longtime residents and newcomers turned out this afternoon for “Camille: The 45th Anniversary Remembrance” at the Saenger Theater. See dozens of photos from the event

Free Excel by 5 health fair is Saturday at Snyder

Biloxi Excel By 5 will hold its annual Ready Set GO Children’s Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Donal Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Road, Biloxi. The event is designed for children from birth to 5 years of age and will offer free health screenings that are age appropriate. Screenings include […]

Camille presentation is Sunday afternoon

“When’s the last time you heard of more than 140 tickets being sold in advance for a movie?” Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art Director Kevin O’Brien says of this Sunday afternoon’s “Camille: The 45th Anniversary Remembrance.” “We’re expecting to see a really good turnout at the Saenger Theater for something that will be memorable for longtime […]

Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame to add 14

A legendary sports promoter, a highly respected basketball coach, a well-traveled professional boxer and two brothers who starred on the football teams at Biloxi High School and the University of Southern Mississippi head the 14 players elected to the 2014 class of the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. A crowd of more than 300 is […]

Kellogg grant to help expand Nichols pre-K

More children will be attending pre-K classes at Nichols school in east Biloxi thanks to a half-million-dollar grant the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has awarded to Biloxi Public Schools. The grant means that Biloxi Public Schools will be establishing its own four pre-K classrooms to complement the seven Head Start classes that Gulf Coast Community […]

Development report: Blind Tiger permit issued

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the department issued the building permit for the new “Blind Tiger Restaurant”, which will be located on Beach Boulevard between Shaggy’s and the Blue Crab House Restaurants. The Blind Tiger currently has a very successful location in Bay Saint Louis and the owner expects even greater […]

Free Excel by 5 health fair is Saturday morning

Biloxi Excel By 5 will hold its annual Ready Set GO Children’s Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Donal Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Road, Biloxi.   The event is designed for children from birth to 5 years of age and will offer free health screenings that are age appropriate. Screenings […]

Former Biloxi mayor to headline ‘Camille’ presentation

Biloxi Mayor Danny Guice and his wife were in Destin, Fla. in August 1969 when forecasters announced that Hurricane Camille was expected to strike that popular coastal community, so the Guices returned home, only to find that the storm had also taken a turn, zeroing in on Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The next […]

Weekend preview: Family time at the Ohr

Children ages 6 and up will be creating mermaid windchimes Saturday at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, one of the myriad pursuits on this weekend’s entertainment calendar. The Ohr-O’Keefe session takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  These sturdy works of art will be suitable for hanging outdoors. Ages 6-14 will be led by […]

Development report: Short-term rental, fireworks

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the city council voted to approve an application for conditional use, for short term rental in the “Downtown Zoned District”, for a townhome located at 133 Reynoir Street. This will allow the owners to rent the townhome for periods of less than 30 days. In other […]

City recognizes preservation efforts

Lolly Barnes was presented the inaugural Julia Guice Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work preserving the history of Biloxi. Barnes, who as the city’s historic administrator oversaw the restoration of a number of city properties, today serves as the director of the Mississippi Heritage Trust, The presentation was one of the highlights of […]

Lawrence at home, ready to get back on pace

The local group The Checkmates are playing at the French Club this weekend, but George Lawrence says he doesn’t think he’ll be able to make it – just yet. The five-term east Biloxi councilman was resting at home with family this afternoon, a day after he had a pacemaker implanted to regulate his heart rhythm. […]

Biloxi schools registration deadline is Tuesday at 3 p.m.

OK, moms and dads, if for whatever reason you haven’t yet registered your child to attend Biloxi Public Schools, you have until Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. to register and still have your child be able to attend the first day of school, on Thursday, Aug. 7. Those registering after Tuesday at 3 p.m. […]

Councilman Lawrence on the mend

Councilmember George Lawrence, the representative for east Biloxi, was resting comfortably this afternoon after undergoing surgery this morning to have a pacemaker implanted. Lawrence, the fifth-term councilmember who is a fixture at city functions and festivals, collapsed Saturday night while dancing at a party at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum. He was transported to […]

August gets off to a rousing start

August, with its anomaly of five full weekends, launches with a stirring start this evening, with a Who Dat party in downtown Biloxi, VIPs at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum where the general public gets to join Saturday morning, the first full weekend for the new White House Hotel, and a host of entertainment […]

Development report: White House, seafood museum, Arbor Landing

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, we saw the grand opening of the White House Hotel after a year of painstaking restoration. Also this week is the opening of the New Maritime and Seafood Museum. Both are beautiful additions to our tourism inventory of attractions. Building permits were issued this week for […]

Who Dats to gather in Downtown Biloxi

Biloxi Main Street’s “Finally First Friday” this evening will be a Who Dat Tailgate Party, with plenty of black and gold, live entertainment, and an appearance by former Saints running back Buford Jordan. The free event, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Biloxi, also will feature the Brett Mitchell Band, Dome Dogs […]

Council to begin budget process next week

City Council members will kick off the Fiscal Year 2015 budget process with their first budget meeting on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at City Hall. This year, says David Nichols, the magic number is $53 million. “Right now,” Nichols says, “that’s the amount of money we project we’ll have to operate the city on a […]

Storm prep guide being delivered across Biloxi

Residents and business owners throughout Biloxi are now receiving the city’s annual Storm & Flood Preparedness guide in their mailboxes, just as the peak of hurricane season arrives. The 12-page compendium includes a storm tracking map; information on evacuation routes and shelters; tips on how to create a storm plan for your family; frequently called […]

Seafood museum to open new digs Saturday

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, which has been closed since Hurricane Katrina destroyed its original structure, will re-open this weekend at Point Cadet, the gateway to Biloxi. Factory whistles will blow at 9 a.m. Saturday to signal the re-opening of the museum, just as back in the day when the factories would call their […]

Development report: Shopping center, Arbor Landing

This column was unavailable last week. By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development comes an announcement about a 70.4 acre shopping center proposed for the southeast corner of Shriners Boulevard and Woolmarket Road. Although we have not received site plans for the development, a Wetlands Impact Application has been filed with […]

Party at the Point — with a splash

Point Cadet has the first of two big weekends Saturday, with the official dedication of Point Cadet Plaza, with a 4-to-7 p.m. gathering that will feature free hot dogs, chips and soft drinks, while a DJ spins music and children play on playground equipment and frollick on the park’s splash pad. Then next weekend, it’s […]

WYES to focus on Biloxi and Broadwater Beach

WYES, the New Orleans PBS affiliate known for its specials highlighting New Orleans culture, raises the curtain on a new special Wednesday that explores the popularity of Biloxi and what was once the Coast’s flagship hotel, the Broadwater Beach Hotel. “It’s iconic, it was Biloxi,” says local historian and author Jane Shambra, who supplied many […]

Point Cadet Plaza to open with a splash

The city will christen its newest park, Point Cadet Plaza, with a family-oriented party Saturday from  4 to 7 p.m. The free event will feature family fun and games, according to Parks and Recreation Director Sherry Bell. “This is a show place. When people are coming across the Biloxi Bay Bridge, this is one of […]

Margaritaville announces forthcoming closure

Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant has announced that it will be closing on or before Sept 19, but will pay its employees until that time. The casino attributed the closing to its inability to resolve a dispute with its landlords necessary to secure financing for a new hotel and other amenities. Margaritaville made the announcement to […]

Weekend preview: Community theater and more

It’s a big weekend for community theater, with three productions on tap:  ”Monty Python’s Spamalot” opens this evening at the Saenger Theater in downtown Biloxi, and you’ll find “Play On” at Biloxi Little Theater and “How to Success in Business Without Really Trying” at Center Stage. Meantime, look for Mickey Gilley at  IP,  “Saltoriya” at […]

City ready to move forward with baseball stadium

The city has brought the price of MGM Park at Beau Rivage close enough in range to the available funding and is ready to move forward with the next phase of construction. On Tuesday, the Biloxi City Council will consider a construction contract with W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. to construct the downtown baseball stadium […]

Development report: Casinos, fireworks stands and more

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the city council heard the appeal arguments for the closing of the northern end of Fayard and Anglada Streets. IP Casino Resort had filed an application for the vacation of these streets in order to construct a permanent parking lot. The city council voted to […]

Saenger to host a look back at Camille

Longtime south Mississippi residents will have a chance to rekindle memories of the original monster storm when the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art and City of Biloxi will present “Camille: The 45th Anniversary Remembrance,” on Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Saenger Theater. The presentation, which begins at 2 p.m., will feature a ’70s documentary about the […]

Community meeting planned for east Biloxi residents

The largest municipal public works improvement project in the history of the city is coming to east Biloxi, and residents will have a chance to hear all about it in a community meeting on Thursday, July 24 at 6 p.m. at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center. The three-year, $116 million “North Contract” […]

Main Street to host ‘The Pirates’ on Town Green

“The Pirates” will be taking over the Town Green Saturday when Main Street presents another in its series of outdoor “drive-in movies.” The 2012 animated movie – which features the voices of Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven – tells the story of Pirate Captain, who sets out on a mission to defeat his […]

Development report: Level, Kress Live now open

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, we saw the very successful opening of both the “Level Lounge” and “Kress Live” in the Vieux Marche’. The downtown parking lots were filled to capacity and the Police Department reported that everything went very smooth. In other news this week, the Development Review […]

City opens bids on MGM Park Wednesday

The city on Wednesday afternoon will open bids from contractors vying to move forward with the construction of MGM Park at Beau Rivage. The bids will be open at 4 p.m. at City Hall. The city had advertised weeks ago for a general contractor for the downtown stadium and entertainment venue, which had an initial […]

Ohr to open iconic pod on Saturday afternoon

Everybody has their opinion of them, those stainless steel pods down at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in east Biloxi, and on Saturday afternoon you’ll have a chance to go inside one. The Ohr-O’Keefe will mark the anniversary of the birth of eccentric potter George E. Ohr, with the opening of one of the four […]

Biloxi fireworks show is a musical endeavor

Biloxi’s annual fireworks show has gained a reputation over the years as being one of the biggest in the Southeast, organizers say, but one thing people may not know is that the annual production is also a musical affair. Admirers of fireworks displays and patriotic music can get both on Friday night, beginning at 9, […]

Biloxi seeking nominations for Preservation Awards

The City of Biloxi has a rich and diverse cultural and architectural history.  In celebration of that history, Biloxi biannually honors individuals, businesses, and organizations that are protecting and restoring our architectural history as well as those working to preserve and promote our local cultural history and traditions. To submit a nomination for the 2014 […]

Weekend preview: Seniors, swimming and ‘Frozen’

The weekend kicks off with a nod to senior citizens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the East Biloxi Senior Center, the newest feature at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Today from 4 to 6 p.m., seniors and interested individuals will gather for a reception to learn more about the city which is housed on the […]

Development update: Restaurants, apartments, RVs, Wal-mart

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the building department issued a building permit for the new “Reef Restaurant” to be located on Beach Boulevard between the Waffle House and the South Beach Condotel. A building permit was also issued for the new “Women’s and Children’s Facility” for the Gulf Coast Rescue Mission […]

South Caillavet work looks to be another month

Paving should be complete this afternoon or Saturday morning on the intersection of Howard Avenue and Caillavet Street, but work on the section of Caillavet Street south of Jackson Street will not be completed for at least another month. While the majority of the work involves infrastructure upgrades for MGM Park at Beau Rivage, a […]

Huge swim meet begins Friday at Natatorium

Forget about world cup soccer!  Competitive swimming gets under way Friday morning at 8 at the Biloxi Natatorium for one of the largest events ever held at the the city’s indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool. The 6th Annual Splashin’ the Coast swim meet, which has been a popular travel meet for teams from throughout the Southeast, […]

Keesler plays ‘Taps’ nightly at 9

Keesler has begun playing “Taps” base-wide each night at 9. “Taps” in its present form was first played during the Civil War era to signify “lights out” at the end of the day. Early during the Civil War, began the custom of playing “Taps” during military funeral proceedings. Today, it is played to conclude military […]

Hiller Park gets ‘Frozen’ Friday night

The Disney animated movie “Frozen” will be shown for free in Hiller Park Friday night, the highlight of a family affair that will include games, contests and a “Frozen” character costume contest. The games and contests begin at 5:30 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk. It’s all part of the Councilmember Dixie Newman’s continuing […]

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art to host seniors activities

The City of Biloxi and Harrison County are opening a senior citizens center to serve residents of east Biloxi, and residents will have a chance to see it during a reception Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. on the campus of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. The seniors center, which will be housed in the […]

Natatorium to restore Saturday hours

The Biloxi Natatorium, the city’s indoor Olympic-size swimming pool, is re-introducing Saturday hours beginning July 5, when the pool will be open each Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The pool had reduced its schedule to eliminate Saturday openings because of a shortage of lifeguards. “We just weren’t able to do it,” said Jamie Lee […]

Biloxi to host fire chiefs from 10 states

Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney and Linda Stewart of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., last week and brought back a present for Biloxi and the state of Mississippi: a first-ever regional convention of fire chiefs. Boney and Stewart announced today that the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs conference […]

Municipal leaders now in town for MML conference

Between 2,500 and 3,000 leaders from cities and towns from across the state, along with state officials, vendors and their families, are in Biloxi this week for the annual summer meeting of the Mississippi Municipal League. Delegates and guests began arriving Sunday and the conference, being held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, […]

Procedure set up for funding requests

Biloxi city leaders will be crafting a new municipal budget in August, and even though city funding may not be available for social-service agencies and other organizations, Council President Paul Tisdale still wants to be aware of funding requests and the numbers of individuals served by various groups. Tisdale has crafted a “Request for Funding […]

Get your motor runnin’ – the big weekend has arrived

Biloxi stands to see one of its busiest weekends of the year this weekend, with tens of thousands in town for a huge, free outdoor Darius Rucker concert at Harrah’s Gulf Coast on Point Cadet in east Biloxi and the annual Scrapin’ the Coast auto show headquartered at the Coast Coliseum in west Biloxi. As […]

Natatorium to host huge swim meet

The Biloxi Natatorium, the city’s indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool, will host one of its largest events ever next weekend. The 6th Annual Splashin’ the Coast swim meet, which has been a popular travel meet for teams from throughout the Southeast, will feature two teams from teams from Texas, seven teams form Louisiana, seven teams from […]

Development report: Treasure Bay parking and more

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve an application to update the Master Plan for Treasure Bay Casino. Treasure Bay has acquired the former Le Chateau Condominium property and will construct a new landscaped parking lot, which will add an additional 295 parking […]