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Marathon, Smith Family in town this weekend

The inaugural Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, spanning from Henderson Point to MGM Park, takes place Saturday, after a whirlwind of activities this evening, and, meantime over on Lee Street, you’ll find “A Smith Family Christmas,” helping usher in the holiday at Biloxi Little Theater. The two events highlight this weekend’s entertainment lineup. Events connected to […]

Youngsters can learn with Santa on Saturday

Biloxi Excel by 5 will host its annual holiday event, “Come Learn with Santa,” Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon at Lopez School 140 St. John Ave. and the Santa Claus will be on site to take pictures, read and sing with children up to age 5.  Holiday craft making will also be part of […]

Streets, waterfront guidelines, other issues on agenda tonight

The Biloxi City Council this evening is expected to consider a new set of standards and guidelines that could transform the city’s waterfront, with guidance for future public and private development. However, at the outset of the 6 p.m. meeting, during the mayor’s report, councilmembers will hear a report from Walt A. Rode, the city’s […]

Crews work to remove water from east Biloxi streets

The city has directed its Oscar Renda Contracting, its infrastructure contractor, to increase the number of pumps to move water from east Biloxi roadways, many of which are unpaved and inundated by the three inches of rainfall that has fallen in Biloxi since 6 p.m. Sunday.  And the forecast calls for more rain this evening.  […]

The week that was: Construction, police and fire

The Community Development Department issued 44 permits with a total valuation of almost $800,000 last week.  Meantime, the Biloxi Police Department reported 2,487 calls for service, generating 146 arrests, and the Biloxi Fire Department reported 130 calls for service, including 81 for medical and seven structure and vehicle fires.  See the complete weekly report   News and notes: […]

City seeks full accounting of MGM Park figures

The City of Biloxi is asking a Harrison County Chancery Court for help in getting a clear accounting of revenue from operations at MGM Park, the two-year-old downtown stadium and entertainment venue. Biloxi filed suit this morning asking a court to compel Biloxi Baseball, owners of the Biloxi Shuckers, and Overtime Sports, managers of the […]

Christmas on the Water weekend has arrived

Christmas shoppers looking for local arts and crafts fare, east Biloxi should be your destination this weekend, with a host of open houses and fairs on tap. The festivities actually begin later this afternoon  with the Christmas on the Water Children’s Parade and the Lighting of the Town Green, but, come Saturday, it’s all about […]

Council may move forward on three fronts

Three big forward-looking issues top the City Council meeting agenda for Tuesday: redistricting for the 2017 municipal elections, waterfront design standards, and borrowing $7 million to fund myriad city improvement projects. The good news for Biloxi voters: Your ward lines are not going to change under a proposal on the agenda. In a hearing last […]

Natatorium closes Friday for Santa’s swimmers

The City of Biloxi Aquatics Division will close the Biloxi Natatorium to public swimming at the end of this week and through the weekend to celebrate Christmas in a swimmer’s way, competing in a swim meet. With 550 swimmers from four states expected to take part in the annual Santa’s BEST swim meet, the staff […]

Lighthouse turns on its Christmas best Thursday

Biloxi’s annual Christmas on the Water boat parade, which dates back more than three decades, is the signature event of the city’s holiday lineup, but the Lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse is steadily becoming a new tradition. The lighthouse event, which kicks off a weekend of city-coordinated festivities, takes place Thursday night from 5:30 to […]

Fire Department marks firsts with new safety post

The Biloxi Fire Department has created a new battalion chief’s position that will focus on firefighter safety, and the new post is a first of another sort for the 127-year-old department: a female in a chief’s position. But Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who approved Fire Chief Joe Boney’s promotion of firefighter Michelle Crowley, says it’s […]

New flashing signs give warning to speeding motorists

Speeding motorists on U.S. 90 are getting a friendly reminder from the city these days, showing them their speed as a subtle reminder to slow down. The Biloxi Police Department, at the suggestion of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, began attaching small electronic devices to existing speed limit signs to display excessive speeds in flashing numbers. […]

Police to use drug money to buy new patrol cars

Drug dealers will be paying for half of the 16 cruisers the Biloxi Police Department plans to order today. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and Police Chief John Miller this afternoon will be asking the City Council for approval to spend nearly $440,000 to buy 14 Ford SUVs and two other vehicles to be used in […]

Firefighters seek items for DHS gift drive

The Biloxi Fire Department is teaming up with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services in collecting gifts for children in Harrison County. As part of the DHS Christmas Gift Drive, firefighters are asking residents to drop off wrapped gifts at any of the nine firehouses in Biloxi between now and Dec. 15. Requested items are […]

Santa Claus is coming to town, and we’ve got a list

Christmas is still nearly a month away, but Santa makes his first appearance in Biloxi this week.  In fact, over the next month, you’ll see Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick nearly everywhere, on land and on sea, in parades and in schools, and even in the Biloxi Lighthouse. In fact, we’ve got a list of his […]

The week that was: Construction, police and fire

The Community Development Department issued 24 permits with a total valuation of nearly $350,000 last week.  Meantime, the Biloxi Police Department reported 2,224 calls for service, making 108 arrests.  The Biloxi Fire Department reported 117 calls for service, including 72 for medical and four for structure and vehicle fires.  See the complete weekly report

It’s the holidays! Bring on the Peppermint Pops

Award-winning soprano Marcia Porter, who made her solo recital debut in 2005 at Carnegie Hall, will be featured this weekend in the Gulf Coast Symphony’s Holiday Peppermint Pops. The performance takes place Friday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Biloxi Saenger Theater,  170 Reynoir St., and will include the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Youth […]

Council to hold more hearings Tuesday

A number of familiar issues – waterfront design standards, new ward lines and the new Keesler gate – will be on the agenda when the City Council meets Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The agenda includes more than three dozen measures in all, including public hearings to discuss the proposed new standards and guidelines for construction […]

Glass meets art Sunday at Biloxi Visitors Center

Aquatic and nature-inspired hand-painted glass will be the centerpiece of an opening reception Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Biloxi Visitors Center. Biloxi native and artist Deborah Jordan Sackett will display her one-of-a-kind, enchantment-inspired pieces that include functional glassware, serving trays and platters, as well as a collection of holiday items such as […]

City makes most of $14 million in streets, drainage work

The Biloxi City Council approved $725,000 in contracts for three streets and drainage improvement projects in Woolmarket the other day, and the trio of projects represented the winding down of a $14 million streets and drainage initiative begun two years ago. Although $14 million was borrowed in 2014 and nearly $10 million was spent or […]

Be safe! The holidays usually bring a rise in house fires

The holiday season brings more cooking, holiday decorations, candles, and heating. And it also brings more fires, so Biloxi firefighters are reminding residents to use caution during the holidays. “Many fires can be prevented,” Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said.  “Overall, last year we had 29 structure fires with 11 being kitchen fires.  That means […]

The week that was: Construction, police and fire

The Community Development Department issued 64 permits with a total valuation of almost $100,000 last week.  Meantime, the Biloxi Police Department reported 2210 calls for service, making 145 arrests.  The Biloxi Fire Department reported 127 calls for service, including 89 for medical and 6 for structure and vehicle fires.  See the complete weekly report

Thanksgiving feast for special needs this weekend

The city’s Parks & Recreation Department will host its annual Special Needs and Family Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Road. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., all ages with physical and mental disabilities and their families are invited to enjoy an meal filled with all the […]

Your guide to Christmas in Biloxi

Thursday, Dec. 1: Lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse The city ushers in the Christmas season with the lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse from 5:30 to 7 p.m., south of the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd.  Santa Clause will be on site with cookies and hot chocolate!  For more information, call the Biloxi Visitors Center at 228-374-3105.   […]

Public to get look at proposed ward lines

Biloxi’s seven ward lines will be redrawn to incorporate the annexations of 2013 and 2014, meaning some residents may find themselves in new wards and voting at a different polling place when municipal elections take place in May 2017. A public hearing to consider three proposed maps will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., at […]

Back Bay motorists asked to respect speed limits

Now that all of Back Bay Boulevard has been paved, offering an alternate route between I-110 and Point Cadet, construction workers and police are hearing a complaint that usually follows any newly minted street: Motorists are speeding. Contractor Oscar Renda, which completed paving on the four-lane boulevard Monday, still has as many as two dozen […]

Small craft harbor boat launch closes this evening

Workers at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor will be closing the boat launch and parking areas near the boat launch this evening so contractors can begin removing aging pavement on Wednesday morning. Access to the Biloxi Harbor Bait and Fuel Dock will be maintained, and parking areas at McElroy’s Seafood Harbor Restaurant also will remain […]

Six hours in the White House and a chance encounter

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and his wife, Serena, heard from the First Lady and key members of the Obama Administration about the challenges of veterans homelessness during a six-hour gathering at the White House Monday, and it was informative, the mayor says, once you got past the awe-inspiring trappings of the White House. The Giliches, […]

Multiple paving jobs underway; harbor launch closes Wednesday

Asphalt is being poured in all areas of the city today, with the final segment of paving on Back Bay Boulevard taking place right now, the final overlay at the Cedar-Popp’s intersection beginning at 8 tonight, and paving planned for the boat ramp area of the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor beginning Wednesday. The Back Bay […]

The week that was: Construction and police

The Community Development Department issued 34 permits with a total valuation of a little over $11 million last week. Building permits included the conversion of the former Santa Maria Del Mar apartment structure into the Watermark Hotel as well as for a new sales and service building for Camping World RV Center, located at the […]

First Lady to recognize Gilich for veterans homelessness efforts

First Lady Michelle Obama will recognize Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and a handful of other U.S. mayors in a White House ceremony Monday for their efforts to help end homelessness among veterans in their respective communities.  The First Lady invited Gilich and his wife, Serena, to the White House for the ceremony, which follows up on […]

Two Cedar Lake Road projects begin Monday

Cedar Lake Road will be a beehive of activity beginning Monday, with the start of a major sewer installation project beginning by mid-day south of the Cedar Lake bridge and nighttime paving scheduled for the intersection at Popp’s Ferry Road. Contractor Jay Bearden said he expects to close the section of roadway just south of […]

Mayor proposes two new fire stations, Woolmarket improvements

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will recommend on Tuesday the City Council take two huge steps toward following through on pledges the city made during its annexation cases. The mayor proposes that the city, through an agreement with South Mississippi Planning and Development District, construct two new fire stations to serve north Biloxi and the Woolmarket […]

Asphalt going down at Back Bay Boulevard, Cedar-Popp’s

Workers are aiming to wrap up the last phase of base asphalt Friday on Back Bay Boulevard between Boomtown Casino and Lee Street, meaning the four-lane boulevard will be completely paved from IP Casino Resort all the way to Oak Street on Point Cadet. The work is just part of the tons of asphalt being […]

Weekend preview: Walk, run and shop

Mayor’s Cup, Alzheimer’s walk and Christmas City are all happening this weekend in Biloxi. The 33rd annual Mayor’s Cup 5K Run takes place Saturday in downtown with a one mile at 9 a.m. and 5K at 9:30 a.m. Both races begin and end in front of the Biloxi City Hall, 140 Lameuse Street.  Race fee […]

Mayor announces building permit for Santa Maria site

The city moments ago issued a building permit valued at $8 million to allow developers of the White House Hotel to transform the Katrina-ravaged Santa Maria retirement center into an upscale, all-suites hotel. The Barrington Group, the local firm that restored the upscale White House Hotel in 2014 and unveiled the family-oriented Margaritaville this summer, […]

New Seafood Museum exhibit to focus on the Gulf Coast

The beauty of the Mississippi Gulf Coast will be the focus of a new exhibit being unveiled during an opening reception at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum on Tuesday, Nov. 22. From 6 to 8 p.m., visitors to the museum will be able to tour the Bruce Seabolt exhibit, speak with the artist and […]

Back Bay Boulevard paving nearing completion

Oscar Renda, the firm overseeing the 55 miles of infrastructure work in east Biloxi, reports that in the next week asphalt will cover all of Back Bay Boulevard, as well as Crawford Street and Seal Avenue north of Division. The updates, along with progress reports on Lee Street, Porter Avenue and other thoroughfares, are among […]

Cedar Lake north of I-10 to close for five weeks

The area of Cedar Lake Road south of the Cedar Lake Bridge will be closed to traffic for five weeks beginning Monday while city contractors install sewer manholes, sewer mains and other services along the stretch of roadway. The Cedar Lake construction zone is less than a half-mile long but will require a detour that […]

Forrest Avenue work to bypass Keesler gate

Workers installing a new water main on Forrest Avenue as part of the east Biloxi infrastructure project will work Tuesday evening at the Meadows Drive entrance to Keesler to avoid disrupting base traffic. Walt Rode, who is overseeing the infrastructure work for city, said the work will coincide with the nightly closure of the Meadows […]

The week that was: Construction, fire and police

The Community Development Department issued 72 permits with a total valuation of nearly $3 million last week. Permits were issued for the site work of Campers World RV Center and three single family homes.      Meantime, the Fire Department responded to 106 calls, including 66 medical emergencies and 7 fires, one of which was a […]

Sold-out crowd to pay homage to fire museum supporter

A sold-out crowd will be on hand Saturday night when members of West End Hose Co. No. 3 Fire Museum present their annual steak fundraiser and honor former Biloxi Mayor Daniel D. “Danny” Guice. Guice, the former Biloxi mayor, state representative and judge has been a faithful supporter of the museum since it opened and has attended […]

Margaritaville talks continue; re-zoning vote postponed again

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich this afternoon asked the Biloxi Planning Commission to once again postpone its vote on whether to re-zone waterfront land near the current Margaritaville resort, a change that could open the door to a $140 million expansion of the family oriented resort. “We’re asking you to postpone this vote until your next […]

Council to hear Mayor’s new waterfront design standards, guidelines

Biloxi has 243 miles of waterfront, twice as much as all other Mississippi Gulf Coast cities combined, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich believes the city needs to protect and take advantage of that asset, with design standards and guidelines that promote Biloxi’s heritage and future. Gilich has asked the Biloxi City Council to approve new […]

New Alex North calendar to be unveiled Sunday

The Biloxi Visitors Center will host the unveiling of well-known Coast photographer Alex North’s 2017 Heaven’s Gateway Calendar on Sunday. The event, which takes place from 2 to 4 p.m., will be in the Visitors Center lobby, where North will sign autographs. A native of the Gulf Coast, and an avid outdoorsman, gardener and photographer, […]

Seafood museum to usher in new Hall of Fame class

Individuals who have helped shape the seafood industry on the Mississippi Gulf Coast will be honored this weekend with induction into the Heritage Hall of Fame. The ceremony, hosted by the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Museum, 115 First St., and will include the induction of 44 […]

Disaster responders seek your input

The City of Biloxi, as part of a MEMA-directed effort, is seeking public input to help make south Mississippi become less vulnerable to natural hazards, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, as well as man-made hazards, including hazardous material incidents. The input will be used to help prepare a multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which will […]

Children’s Health and Safety Fair set for Saturday

The Fall Into Health and Safety Children’s Health Fair, focusing on ages up to 5, takes place Saturday at the Family Resource Center, Lopez Elementary School, 140 St. John Avenue. From 9 a.m. to noon, children and their parents will be able to enjoy free health screenings for vision, hearing, dental, physical growth and speech […]

The week that was: Construction, fire and police

The Community Development Department issued 65 permits with a total valuation of over $1 million last week. Also, approved were site plans for a proposed Dunkin’ Doughnuts at the northwest corner of Cedar Lake and Popp’s Ferry, Subway in Woolmarket and Waffle House on Beach Boulevard.  Meantime, the calls for service decreases slightly for the […]

Safety tips for during and after Halloween

Halloween is Monday night, and Biloxi public safety leaders are advising those families who are not participating in organized gatherings to make safety a priority when trick-or-treating in city neighborhoods. The city offers these tips: When trick-or-treating: — A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. — Use a flashlight […]

Strengthening the mind of law enforcers

Today’s police officer is equipped with body armor, sidearms, tasers, body cameras and other physical protection, but a former Army officer and author told a gathering of local law enforcers in Biloxi today that it’s just important to have mental protection, too. More than 350 city, county and federal law enforcers from 50 agencies gathered […]

Get a bird’s eye view of Division, Back Bay and Popp’s Ferry

A new aerial video on the city’s YouTube page shows the status of work on two main thoroughfares in the east Biloxi infrastructure work, Division Street and Back Bay Boulevard, and the nearly complete widening work on Popp’s Ferry Road. In fact, the video traces the entire length of Division Street, from Oak Street to […]

City Hall eyes moving south on infrastructure work

Since he became mayor 18 months ago, Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has said more than once that when infrastructure work moves south of the CSX railway in east Biloxi, it will not be nearly as disruptive as the work has been for residents, businesses and motorists north of the CSX railway. In fact, Gilich, on occasion, […]

Address painting on curb is not city-sanctioned

City Code Enforcement officers are looking for workers who have been placing notices on mailboxes, primarily in west Biloxi, offering to paint street addresses on pavement to make house numbers more visible to first responders. “Caleb S.” is offering to provide the service for $25, but the city has no record of a permit for […]

Sign up now to participate in Christmas on the Water

The Christmas season is just around the corner, so now is the time to register to participate in the upcoming festivities. Organizers of Biloxi’s signature holiday event, Christmas on the Water, are taking applications for participants in the boat and children’s parade as well as the Christmas in the City festival. Boat owners are asked to […]

City to play role in Saints Hall of Fame induction

When the late Will Smith is inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame on Friday, the City of Biloxi will play a role in the ceremony. F. Cliff Kirkland, the city’s Chief of Civic Innovation and Development, will represent Biloxi as a presenting sponsor at the New Orleans Saint Hall of Fame Induction […]

CSX closes Iris Street crossing for repairs

CSX contractors this morning have closed the Iris Street rail crossing in west Biloxi to make repairs. The crossing will be closed overnight and through Wednesday, and work may stretch into Thursday, contractors say. Street closed signs and detours have been marked. See the status of roadwork citywide

Encore! Meet the mayors of old again today

If you were not one of 800 visitors to meet some of the spirits of the Old Biloxi cemetery on Sunday, don’t fret.  There’s still another presentation yet. Today from 5 to 7 p.m. the cemetery will again come alive with history, music and characters for the encore presentation of the 10th annual Old Biloxi […]

The week that was: Construction, fire and police

The Community Development Department issued 52 permits with a total valuation of over $1,250,000 last week. Also approved were site plans for the proposed 100 unit Hilton Garden Inn on Beach Boulevard and a zoning change request for property north of Beach Boulevard, which is part of the proposed $140 million Margaritaville family entertainment expansion. […]

Halloween at Hiller: Know the traffic plan

Halloween at Hiller takes place tonight from 6 to 8, and there are a few things you need to know. The biggest is that you must enter the park from the Atkinson Road entrance, off Popp’s Ferry or Jim Money Road.  The Hiller Drive gate will be used only as an exit. Police will be […]

Memorials bring back memories for Biloxi fire chief

When Fire Chief Joe Boney and current and retired Biloxi firefighters gather at the gravesites of Kurt Jacquet Sr. and Carl Ohr Thursday morning, Boney will be thinking back to that day 30 years ago when he and Jacquet swapped firefighting shifts. Jacquet and Ohr died in the early morning hours on Oct 20, 1986 […]

City slashes berthing fee for charter boats

The City of Biloxi today cut its charter boat berthing fee in half, and Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said he expects the new rate to create more commercial opportunities at the public harbors and marinas, given the thousands of potential customers in nearby hotels. The Biloxi City Council, during its meeting this afternoon, voted […]

Fire Department to honor fallen firefighters

The Biloxi Fire Department will conduct two graveside memorial services Thursday to mark the 30th anniversary of  the deaths of Edwin Kurt Jacquet Sr. and Carl Ohr, two Biloxi firefighters who died in the line of duty. The first service will be at 9 a.m. at the Old Biloxi Cemetery at Jacquet’s gravesite, and those […]

Cemetery tours highlight Biloxi mayors

The award-winning Old Biloxi Cemetery Tours return Sunday, spotlighting prominent historic leaders of Biloxi. “The Mayors of Biloxi” will be the theme of the tenth annual walking tour, which takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday and 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Old Biloxi Cemetery on U.S. 90, midway between […]

Halloween at Hiller to have easier access, parking

Last year’s Halloween at Hiller was so popular with families that organizers are taking steps to make access to the park easier. To help police keep traffic flowing, there’s going to be one entrance, off Atkinson Road, and one exit, at Hiller Drive. If you’re attending Halloween at Hiller on Friday between 6 and 8 […]

Get a sneak peek of this year’s cemetery tour

Want to know more about the city’s mayors or even see a character re-enactment or two? Well, the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Biloxi Public Library will provide all that and more when it hosts the Old Cemetery Tours Sneak Peek on Thursday. As a preview to the 10th annual Cemetery Tours, the […]

The week that was: Construction, fire and police

The Community Development Department issued 49 permits with a total valuation of nearly $600,000 last week. Also, last week, a permanent certificate of occupancy issued for the Hyatt Place Hotel on Beach Boulevard. Meantime, the Biloxi Fire Department responded to 129 calls, including 89 medical emergencies and six fires, while the Biloxi Police Department reported […]

Planning Commission to consider Point Cadet re-zoning request

The City of Biloxi is moving forward this week with the process that could see more than 20 acres of land on Point Cadet re-zoned to make way for Margaritaville Phase II, a $140 million proposal that was announced during a City Council meeting a week ago. The requested zoning change would involve 20 parcels […]

Beauvoir’s Fall muster heralds the season

There’s a battle for your attention this weekend, with festivals full of costumes, games and jack o’lanterns galore, and you’ll also find an actual battle being fought on the grounds of Beauvoir this weekend, with the Jefferson Davis shrine’s annual Fall Muster. Visitors will be able to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the […]

City’s Brownfields Program breaks new ground

Motorists passing Pass Road and Veterans Avenue will soon see a project underway to remove age-old underground gas tanks at the site of a former gas station at that intersection. The work is part of the city’s federally-funded Brownfields Program, which seeks to rid properties of potential environmental hazards and render the sites suitable for […]

Halloween comes Friday in Woolmarket

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department presents the annual Halloween in Woolmarket on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Woolmarket School grounds, 12513 John Lee Road. Children ages 11 and younger are invited to don Halloween attire and enjoy snacks and games. “This is more of a fun carnival-type event,” Parks and Recreation […]

Seafood Museum hosts ‘Halloween Night at the Museum’

The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum will host “Halloween Night at the Museum” on  Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7 to 11 p.m. The affair will feature music by blues band Ruffwater, a smorgasbord of “horror’derves,” witches brew with an open bar, giveaways and a costume contest. First-place winner of the costume contest will receive $100, […]

The lineup of city Halloween events

Friday, Oct. 14: The annual Halloween in Woolmarket will take place at the Woolmarket School grounds, 12513 John Lee Road.  The event is open to all children ages 11 and younger from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free and games and activities begin at 6 p.m.  Food will be available and a costume contest […]

Surveying work to begin on Popp’s Ferry extension

It’s going to be a few years before drivers are able to take Popp’s Ferry Road all the way down to U.S. 90, but the city continues to take steps to make the new roadway happen. Now that a route west of the Coliseum parking garage and straddling Oakmont Place have been chosen, the city […]

I-110 highrise to close late Tuesday night

The I-110 highrise will close to traffic Tuesday night beginning at 11 so that MDOT crews can conduct roadway repairs. “Work on the drawbridge is expected to take only a few hours to complete,” Transportation Commissioner Tom King said.  “No traffic will be allowed on the bridge to maintain the safety of workers and motorists.” Barricades […]

Cruisin’ week: Smooth and slow-moving

“I think things went very smooth, considering that the volume of vehicles was probably more than we had ever seen,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says of last week’s Cruisin’ the Coast, an eight-day Coastwide rolling block party that registered nearly 8,000 vehicles from across the country. “We were able to make some adjustments, such as […]

House fire tops off busy week for fire department

A house fire that took three hours to extinguish at an elevated home off Back Bay capped off a week for the Biloxi Fire Department that included a 41 percent increase in emergency medical calls and a 12 percent increase in fire calls. The house fire aside, “you’re going to see more emergency medical calls […]

Churchill Avenue to close for repairs

Churchill Avenue will be closed at Bay Vista Drive in west Biloxi this week to allow city contractors to replace a manhole and make sewer repairs. Work on the recently overlayed road will begin Tuesday and is expected to be completed Friday. Contractors will have to repair a sewer line 12 feet below the roadway […]

Lighthouse Arts & Crafts Fair headlines weekend

Creations from 40 artists and craftsmen will fill the lawn of the Biloxi Visitors Center on Saturday for the 4th Annual Biloxi Lighthouse Arts and Crafts Fair. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors will be able to shop for items such as jewelry, arts, crafts, T-shirts and more. “With so many visitors in town […]

Meet Mike Leonard, Biloxi’s new CAO

His military career and private sector work have taken him around the world, but Mike Leonard has always considered himself “a proud son of Biloxi.” Now the native is back home fulltime, serving as the city’s chief administrative officer. In this week’s City Desk podcast, Mike Leonard talks of growing up in Biloxi, his days […]

MGM Park hosts Elvis, Cruisers mid-day Friday

Cruisin’ the Coast rolls into MGM Park Friday with “Salute to Our Veterans,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free affair will feature registered Cruisin’ vehicles parked along the warning track of the American Star Field and performances by Gary “Elvis” Wesley. Just north of the park, at the Bond-Grant House, musicians Graham and […]

Police, school call for truce in junior-senior pranks

OK, students consider this your warning: The annual Homecoming Week junior-senior wars, which in recent years have escalated from malicious mischief to property destruction, will not be tolerated this year. School leaders and police say the annual hijinks would traditionally begin this weekend, in advance of Homecoming Week at Biloxi High School, but after a […]

Barrington announces two huge projects

The Barrington Group, the folks who restored the upscale White House Hotel in 2014 and unveiled the family-oriented Margaritaville this summer, were at City Hall tonight with the next big thing in Biloxi, but it actually turned into two next big things in Biloxi. Attorney Michael Cavanaugh appeared during a City Council meeting this evening […]

New municipal budget now in place

Welcome to 2017, Fiscal Year 2017, that is. City departments today began the workweek operating under a new municipal budget, a $59.9 million spending plan that projects the city will end the fiscal year with a $4.06 million financial cushion. The city’s fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30 each year. The city’s […]

The week that was: Construction, fire and police

The Community Development Department issued $3.26 million in permits last week, including permits for a new Citizens Bank on Popp’s Ferry Road, a warehouse for Southern Supply Co. on Howard Avenue, and host of new businesses coming to Edgewater Village Shopping Center: Tuesday Morning, Hibbett Sports, and a T-Mobile Sales Center. Meantime, the Biloxi Fire […]

Cruisers have downtown pit stops Wednesday and Friday

Cruisin’ the Coast, the huge rolling car show that kicked off Sunday and runs through this Sunday, takes over downtown Biloxi Wednesday and has a salute to veterans on Friday at MGM Park. “We actually began seeing cars roll in earlier this year,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said this morning. “The volume of cars […]

Police, fire showcase is Saturday at Point Cadet

The annual Biloxi Community Festival Against Crime will make its debut at a new location on Saturday, at Point Cadet Plaza, and Biloxi Police Chief John Miller expects it to be a resounding success. “We’ve been on the Town Green for years,” Miller said, “but being down at Point Cadet Plaza this year means it’s […]

Gilich welcomes new Point Cadet agreement

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is hailing Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann for a new agreement that in the past several weeks has seen the city receive more than half of the rent due from a Point Cadet casino lease with a plan for monthly payments to begin Oct. 1 with the new fiscal year. The […]

Podcast: A double feature of huge issues

Mayors Andrew “FoFo” Gilich of Biloxi and Billy Hewes of Gulfport have been working with their colleagues and other elected leaders from across the Coast to build consensus for a plan that would see real, measurable economic benefits from the $750 million in BP economic damages money. And, remember, you heard it here: June 2018 […]

Health department gives city water department perfect score

Billy Ray Allen, a veteran Public Works employee who became the department director 10 months ago, received an important report card this month: a perfect score from the Mississippi State Department of Health regarding oversight of the city’s water department. The state health department, in a new report, gives the city a perfect 5.0 score […]

City seeks youngsters for Start Smart program

The Parks & Recreation Department has 20 openings for a free program designed to help prepare youngsters to participate in soccer. Registration for the Start Smart Soccer Program begins Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will continue weekdays at the Recreation office, 377 Hiller Drive, until the participant limit is reached. The program […]

Community Festival Against Crime is Saturday

The public will get a close-up look at the city’s emergency-response equipment, meet police officers and firefighters and receive safety tips on Saturday, when the Biloxi Police Department hosts its annual Biloxi Community Festival Against Crime. The free festival will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Point Cadet Plaza. “Our goal is to […]

You can cruise back in time, to the Isle of Caprice

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, which several weeks ago unveiled its exhibit about the storied Isle of Caprice, will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the island resort with a history cruise. The Captain Pete passenger ferry will set sail from the Point Cadet Marina at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 and cruise the […]

Biloxi First to roast Jaye Gilich Brice

Biloxi civic leader and former school board member Jaye Brice, sister of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, will be the roastee for the 14th annual Biloxi First Roast, which will take place Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. at the IP Casino Resort Spa. The event is the major annual fundraiser for Biloxi First, a non-profit […]

Firefighters promote fire safety

Biloxi firefighters are preparing for their annual October campaign, “Turn your Attention to Fire Prevention” where they will be canvasing neighborhoods in an effort to make sure Biloxi homes have working smoke detectors. “Every year we partner up with the American Red Cross to install free smoke detectors”, Deputy Chief Vincent Payne said.  “We will […]

Permanent paving in the works for Back Bay, Division

Oscar Renda Contracting, the firm that’s rebuilding infrastructure on 55 miles of streets in east Biloxi, reports that permanent asphalt will be on Back Bay Boulevard from Oak to Lee in the next week and you can expect to see asphalt going down on Division Street beginning in the middle of October. The milestones on […]

The inside story on the new city budget

Kenneth McKeown, who as director of Administration is the go-to numbers guy for the City of Biloxi, discusses the just-approved municipal budget in this week’s City Desk podcast. The good news: City property taxes will not be increasing and no city services will be reduced. The bad news: Expenditures for the next fiscal year are […]

Weekend preview: Rummage sale, live entertainment

Bargain hunters will have a change to shop for a host of items, including furniture, small appliances, clothing and kitchen items Saturday at the City of Biloxi annual rummage sale, which benefits the city’s Heart Walk Team. The event, which features items donated by city employees, begins at 8 a.m. at the Donal M. Snyder […]

Cruisin’, Lighthouse fair highlight October lineup

October is shaping up to be a gangbusters month, with the annual Cruisin’ the Coast Downtown Biloxi Block Party, the Fourth Annual Lighthouse Arts and Crafts Fair and a host of other special events. Cruisin’ the Coast will enjoy two days in downtown Biloxi: the traditional block party that consumes the entire downtown area on […]

Semper Fi! Biloxi native, Marine OK’d as new CAO

Mike Leonard, the Biloxi native and Marine whom George Lawrence says “has more degrees than a thermometer,” has been approved as Biloxi’s next chief administrative officer. The Biloxi City Council voted 6-1 this afternoon to approve the nomination by Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. Councilmember Robert L. Deming III casting the lone dissenting vote. Councilmembers also […]