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Your City at Work

City releases list of Christmas events

The City of Biloxi, just like Santa, is making a list, but this one is not who’s naughty or nice; it’s a compendium of city-sponsored holiday events. You’ll find the city’s traditional fare, such as the Christmas lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse and Town Green and Christmas on the Water, but you’ll also find a […]

Old Highway 67 work begins Monday after Thanksgiving

Good news, Woolmarket motorists: The Woolmarket Plantation sewer installation work that’s going to close parts of Old Highway 67 for a month has been pushed back until after the Thanksgiving holiday. The section of Old Highway 67 in Woolmarket will be closed to traffic for a month beginning Monday at 9 a.m. so city contractors […]

Christmas in Biloxi: Your guide to city-sponsored events

Thursday, Dec. 3: 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.   […]

Music and more on tap this weekend

The Charlie Daniels Band, Daughtry, Creedence Clearwater Revisited are among the entertainers in town this weekend, and you’ll find “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” on stage at Biloxi Little Theater. Meantime, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum is also hosting public ice skating each weekend through Jan. 10. See the entire weekend lineup   City Desk: Refugee […]

Council OKs vacation of Camille Street

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the city council voted unanimously to approve the vacation of Camille Street, between Reynoir and Croesus Streets, and to accept the dedication of a portion of Croesus Street at Beach Boulevard for the purpose of making access improvements to the traffic intersection. This approval also included a […]

Police Explorers selling pusharatas — and they deliver

The Biloxi Police Explorers has a tasty fundraising drive underway. The group will be making the Coratian treat pusharatas and delivering them to Biloxians for $7 a dozen. The Pusharatas will be delivered between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Orders are being taken through Nov. 23. Contact 228-385-3033 or Learn more […]

Part of Old Highway 67 to close for month for final leg of sewer work

A section of Old Highway 67 in Woolmarket will be closed to traffic for a month beginning Monday so city contractors can install the final sewer lines in a year-long $4.8 million project. The last phase of construction, which covers three-quarters of a mile, will be taking place on Old Highway 67 from near the […]

Gilich presents ambitious vision to council

“You can’t get anything done without a plan and without a vision,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says, and this morning the mayor presented a list of more than two-dozen big-ticket items for the Biloxi City Council to consider as the beginnings of a seven-year plan. The list totaled more than $700 million that could be […]

Workshop will have more of an informal flavor

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and members of the Biloxi City Council will be seated at the same table this morning in a workshop setting that the mayor hopes will encourage thoughtful consideration and discussion of policy issues. The session begins at 11 a.m. at City Hall and is open to the public. Among the issues Gilich […]

Gilich: Avoid speculation on refugee issue

Speculation about Syrian refugees being relocated to Biloxi is misinformed and creating unnecessary anxiety, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said today. Gilich said his administration has spoken with Catholic Social Services, which some Internet stories have identified as the agency being the conduit for refugees to relocate. Catholic Social Services has been in contact with immigration […]

Seafood museum design lauded by state architects

Biloxi’s Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, the gleaming “boat in a bottle” museum on the eastern tip of the Biloxi peninsula, has been given the highest architectural design award by the state chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The state AIA’s Design Awards Celebration “seeks to applaud architecture and design by bringing attention to […]

Police: Residents should use free online property service

The Biloxi Police Department is recommending that residents take advantage of a free, secure online service to record serial numbers and upload images for phones, electronics, and other valuables to help recover items that may be stolen or lost. LeadsOnline, a service the police have used for years, has developed a new service, ReportIt, that allows […]

Weekend preview: Running, walking and flagging

A trio of outdoor events are planned in east Biloxi this weekend: The 32nd annual Mayor’s Cup 5K run at 9 a.m. at City Hall, the Walk to End Alzheimers at 9 a.m. on the Town Green, and the Second Annual West End Hose Co. No. 3 Fire Museum Flag Football Tournament at 9 a.m. at […]

Gilich calls special meeting for Tuesday

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has called a special meeting of the Biloxi City Council for Tuesday at 11 a.m. to discuss a number of long-range and big-ticket items. The meeting, which will be held at City Hall, is open to the public. Among the issues Gilich plans to discuss are strategic planning for capital improvement […]

Police warn of scam involving power bill

Some Mississippi Power customers have reported receiving suspicious calls from persons representing themselves as power company collections employees, Biloxi Police say. During the calls, customers were told they will encounter a service interruption unless payment was received immediately. In order to facilitate payment, customers were instructed to go to various points of sale and transfer […]

Permit issued for demolition work at Santa Maria

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the department issued the demolition permit for the former Santa Maria Del Mar Structure located on Beach Boulevard. The demolition will include removing everything except the superstructure frame. The sale of the property to Barrington Development LLC, was completed last week, and will allow the developers to proceed […]

Mickey Bradley dinner tonight at Gruich Center

Hundreds of Biloxians will be on hand this evening at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center to honor Mickey Bradley during the Biloxi Bay Chamber’s “Biloxian Made Good” honoree. The sold-out affairs begins at 6 p.m. at the Howard Avenue center. (A Bmail earlier today mistakenly said the dinner would be at the […]

Mayor’s Cup spills into downtown Saturday

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will be firing the starting gun to launch his first Mayor’s Cup Run on Saturday, an event that is expected to attract about 300 runners to downtown Biloxi for its 32nd annual presentation. “It’s one of our larger races,” says longtime Gulf Coast Running Club director Leonard Vergunst, who oversees more […]

Kress Live to offer free concert for veterans, military

Kress Live is hosting a free concert for veterans and the military this evening to mark Veterans Day and honor those in the armed forces. The concert will be headlined by Saliva, with guests Whiskey Kiss and My Hero the Villain. General admission is $20 at the door for non-military guests. Bacchus Biloxi will prepare free […]

Visitors Center to host Alex North book signing

The Biloxi Visitors Center will host a book signing with well-known Coast photographer Alex North unveiling his new book, “Mississippi Coast Blessings,”  on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The book is a collection of images that convey North’s joy and passion through the lens of his camera.  It is, he says, a […]

Gilich wants east Biloxi roads better maintained

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has placed contractors on notice that roadways disrupted by the ongoing infrastructure project must be better maintained for the safety of motorists and the welfare of citizens. Gilich sent a letter to Project Manager HNTB late Monday, directing it to enforce roadway maintenance requirements placed on contractors involved in the $355 […]

Merit Health to host Breakfast with the Mayor

Merit Health Biloxi, the downtown Biloxi medical center formerly known as Biloxi Regional, will be showing off $3 million in improvements and state-of-the-art technology Tuesday morning when the facility hosts Breakfast With the Mayor. The breakfast, which begins at 8 a.m., will be held in the Merit’s recently renovated lobby, where the medical center invested […]

Flo Rida tour stops at MGM Park tonight

Pop and hip hop music icon Flo Rida’s 2015 GDFR (“Goin’ Down For Real”) World Tour rolls into MGM Park tonight. Gates to the park open at 8 p.m., according to promoter Tim Bennett. Tickets for the show, which is sponsored by Overtime Sports and Driven Entertainment, begin at $25, and are still available. The […]

BPD cites officers in awards ceremony

Leaders of the Biloxi Police Department commended several officers, civilian workers and residents during the department’s quarterly awards ceremony this morning. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and Police Chief John Miller presented awards during the ceremony, which was hosted by the VFW Post 2434. Supervisors of the Quarter were Michael Brennan and Darren Lea; Vickie Lee […]

Main Street to host an open house at Slay House

Attention business owners!  Biloxi Main Street is presenting a new opportunity for a local business to become part of the downtown shopping district by leasing the historic Slay House. An open house will be held this eventing from 5 to 8 at the house, which is at 128 Rue Magnolia. Main Street will be accepting […]

Planning OKs Camille Street application, short-term rentals

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in Community Development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve an application from Pegasus Development Group LLC, for the vacation of Camille Street between Reynoir and Croesus. The commission also approved the dedication of land, from the same developer, at the south end of Croesus, for the purpose of […]

VFW to host BPD quarterly awards ceremony

The Biloxi Police Department’s quarterly awards ceremony will be conducted Friday at 10 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Veterans Avenue. It’s the first time the ceremony is being presented outside the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center. It’s open to the public and light refreshments will be served. VFW Post 2434 is on […]

Gulf Regional issues RFP for Keesler study

Gulf Regional Planning Commission is now seeking proposals for qualified planners to facilitate the Joint Land Use Study to review issues related to potential effects of future growth for Biloxi, Keesler and the surrounding area. The agency, which was tasked by the City of Biloxi to oversee the 24-month process, has set Nov. 30 at 5 […]

Section of Popp’s Ferry Road to close this weekend

Popp’s Ferry Road between Cedar Lake and Lamey Street will be closed from Saturday at 8 a.m. until Sunday at 5 p.m. so workers can install new drainage lines as part of the widening of that stretch of Popp’s Ferry Road. Motorists should use either Cedar Lake Road or Lamey Street as an alternate route. The […]

DRC reviews proposed 78-room La Quinta

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the Development Review Committee was presented with the preliminary site plan for the proposed La Quinta Hotel to be located at the northwest corner of Beach Boulevard and Hopkins. The new hotel will be four stories in height and will have 78 rooms. Also at DRC, […]

Hiller Park, Edgewater Mall expect huge crowds

The heavy rainfall forecast for Halloween night is expected to actually attract more trick or treaters to two Halloween events, organizers say. Tonight’s Halloween in Hiller is actually expanding to two softball fields at Hiller Park instead of one to accommodate the expected 3,000 people and to help the flow of visitors.  On Saturday night, […]

Forecast is for rain on Halloween

There’s a 70 percent chance of rain on Saturday, Halloween night, and parents and trick or treaters should keep that thought in mind when making preparations. Among the Halloween events planned in Biloxi are Halloween in Hiller on Friday night and indoor trick or treating at Edgewater Mall on Saturday. (A Bmail on Wednesday listed […]

Lyons to present free exhibition games at MGM Thursday

Baseball fans have a chance to see some of the Coast’s best high school players in a couple of free exhibition games Thursday at MGM Park. The Barry Lyons Fall Wooden Bat League, which recently completed a six-week season at the A.J. Holloway Sports Complex, will have two showcase games Thursday at MGM Park in […]

Halloween safety tips to remember

Halloween is Saturday 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 […]

Edgewater Mall to host indoor trick or treating

The merchants of Edgewater Mall wiIl be handing out candy to family trick or treaters on Saturday, Halloween, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. In fact, trick or treaters can even pick up a treat bag from any of the mall’s tour entrances, and two photo booths will be set up for a complimentary photo to take home. […]

Halloween in Hiller is Friday evening; mall trick or treating is Saturday

Nearly 50 businesses will be handing out Halloween treats Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hiller Park for the third annual Halloween in Hiller. The affair, sponsored by the city and Friends of Hiller Park Committee, will take place in the Barbara Ferrill Softball Fields, and kick off with a costume contest for […]

Council meets twice this afternoon

The Biloxi City Council will meet twice this afternoon, at 1:30 to consider an agenda of more than two dozen items before convening a special meeting to hear a report from the Coast Transit Authority on its services and potential services in Biloxi. Both meetings will be at City Hall and are open to the […]

C-SPAN campaign bus plans stop in Biloxi

C-SPAN’s award-winning, 45-foot customized Campaign 2016 bus will visit Biloxi next month as part of a cross-country tour to promote C-SPAN’s “Road to the White House” series and introduce a customized 2016 campaign app. The bus will be available for tours at Biloxi High School on Nov. 6 from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. Students and […]

Current road closures, conditions

Biloxi Police report the following road closures and conditions this morning: — Barricades put on the north end and south end of Cedar Lake Bridge — Howard Avenue at Cadet Street — Bayview Avenue west of Holly Street flooded. — Walmart Lane at U.S. 90,  sand on the ground — Popp’s Ferry causeway flooded — […]

Halloween events dominate the weekend

Biloxi ushers in the Halloween spirit this evening and on Saturday with two events. The Parks and Recreation’s free annual Special Needs Halloween Costume Ball will be this evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Donal Snyder Community Center, and on Saturday there’s an afternoon of costume contests, trick or treating and an outdoor movie […]

Work continues on ongoing projects

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in Community Development, commercial construction continues on the Hyatt Place Hotel, Casino Magic, St. Michael’s New Life Parish Center, Walmart Neighborhood Market, First Pentecostal Church, Memorial Hospital Medical Office, Dr. Diaz Surgical Center, and Butler Homes Sales and Construction Office. Final touches are being put on the MGM Park […]

Heads up: Halloween events in the offing

A quick preview of a number of city-sponsored Halloween events coming up: Halloween, Part 1: The Parks and Recreation’s free annual Special Needs Halloween Costume Ball will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Donal Snyder Community Center.  Individuals with physical and mental disabilities can don Halloween garb and enjoy tasty treats. Details: 228-388-7170. To see […]

Cochran announces funding for joint land-use study

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich applauded U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran today for his leadership in obtaining a quarter-million dollars in funds that will allow the city to analyze land use issues affecting Keesler Air Force Base. Cochran, chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced the award of $214,000 in Department of Defense funds and […]

Parents, caution children about homecoming mischief

    Biloxi has its homecoming football game against George County Friday, but school and city leaders are asking parents to caution their children about the penalties of the mischief often associated with homecoming.     “It’s moved beyond the point of play,” Biloxi Public Schools Superintendent Arthur McMillan said, alluding to incidents that have […]

Council to hear comments on taxicab, limo regulations

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday morning will hear comments from taxicab drivers and others about proposed regulations that would be administered by a new authority involving the cities of Biloxi, Gulfport and D’Iberville. The public hearing, which begins at 10:30 a.m. at Biloxi City Hall, is the first of two meetings the council has scheduled for […]

DRC approves plans for St. Mary’s sanctuary

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the Development Review Committee approved site plans for a new sanctuary for St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Woolmarket Road, and an addition to the Biloxi Natatorium on Father Ryan Avenue. The new church sanctuary will be 10,280 square feet and will seat approximately 300 […]

Paving expected on Bayview by Dec. 15, on Oak by mid-January

The initial coat of pavement should be applied on Bayview Avenue from Caillavet to past Boomtown Casino by Dec. 15, and all of Oak Street north of the CSX Railway should be paved by mid-January, according to the construction company working on Biloxi’s infrastructure repair and replacement program. And while trenches as deep as 18 […]

Motorists should treat bike lanes as regular lanes

The growing number of designated bike lanes on major thoroughfares in Biloxi may have some motorists wondering the rules of the road, but Biloxi Police say the answer is an easy one: “Motorists should think of a designated bike lane just as it were a lane for another vehicle. Those bike lanes are for bikes […]

Hearing set for new taxicab regulations

The cities of Biloxi, Gulfport and D’Iberville, after hearing months of complaints and comments from taxicab drivers about regulation and regulatory fees, are a step closer to moving forward with a revamped Motor Vehicle for Hire Authority. The City of Biloxi will conduct a public hearing Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Biloxi City […]

Library program to focus on Biloxi builder

Those anticipating the annual cemetery tour scheduled for later this month can whet their appetite Thursday when the Biloxi Public Library hosts a presentation titled “Carl Matthes: Designer of Biloxi.” The free program, sponsored by the library’s Local History and Genealogy Department, begins at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The library is at […]

Swetman wins Best of Show at Madisonville show

The Biloxi schooner Glenn L. Swetman was named the best of show and first place in its size during the 26th Annual Wooden Boat Festival in Madisonville, La., an event that attracts 30,000 people each year. The 72-foot, 49-passenger schooner, a two-masted gaff-rigged oyster schooner, with the Mike Sekul, is one of two Biloxi schooners […]

‘Turn your attention to fire prevention’ this month

Firefighters from the city’s nine fire stations will be canvassing neighborhoods this month in an effort to make sure Biloxi homes have working smoke detectors. The Fire Prevention Month effort, called “Turn Your Attention to Fire Prevention,” is a project of the Biloxi Fire Department, the American Red Cross, Firehouse Subs and volunteers being trained […]

Beach Boys to name best cruiser Saturday

Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston will join local and state leaders at MGM Park Saturday to name the American Star Vodka Best Cruiser on the Coast. Gates to the park open at 1 p.m., and fans will be allowed on the field to view the cars, up close and personal. Judging by the […]

Council supports new roadway

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This Week in community development, the city council voted unanimously to support the construction of the Back Bay Boulevard extension. This approval will allow the owner of the Biloxi Boardwalk Marina to move forward with the development of Biloxi Pointe. The proposed  $260 Million Dollar development project will include a casino, hotel, […]

Biloxi Public Schools STEM programs to receive $1 million grant

The Biloxi Public School District has announced a five-year, $1 million  partnership with the Department of Defense Education Activity to enhance Biloxi’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs, also known as STEM, and provide more transitional support for military-connected students and families. The grant, known as Operation IMPACT (Improving Mathematical Practices and Access to Counseling […]

Council OKs internet, road measures, sees new resort

Biloxi swept a doubleheader this evening, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said after the City Council approved measures to move forward with two roadways of the future. The council voted to support an agreement that would see a $22 million boulevard at Pine Street to connect Point Cadet to Back Bay Boulevard, with more than half  […]

Flo Rida tour headed to MGM Park

Pop and hip hop music icon Flo Rida’s 2015 GDFR (“Goin’ Down For Real”) World Tour plays MGM Park on Friday, Nov. 6 and tickets for the show go on sale Wednesday at the MGM Park box office and through Ticketmaster. To charge by phone: 800-745-3000. Tickets for the show, which is sponsored by Overtime […]

Visitors Center to host Lighthouse Arts & Crafts Fair

More than 30 artists and craftsmen will be showing everything from jewelry to Marlin Miller’s wood sculptures during the Third Annual Lighthouse Arts and Crafts Fair, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Biloxi Visitors Center. Admission to the event is free and refreshments will be available for purchase.   Visitors are encouraged to bring […]

Biloxi, Gulfport to consider agency to foster high-speed internet

Mayors Andrew “FoFo” Gilich of Biloxi and Billy Hewes of Gulfport will ask their respective City Councils on Tuesday to approve a measure to set up the Gulf Coast Broadband Commission, an agency that would plan and oversee the delivery of ultra-high-speed internet and broadband to their cities. Gilich, who took office four months ago […]

Planning OKs plats for two new subdivisions

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted to recommend approval for preliminary plat applications for two new single family residential developments, and an expansion to an existing subdivision. The first application includes 96 acres located on the west side Hudson-Krohn Road and will provide 131 new market rate homes. […]

Meet your Police and Fire departments Saturday

Those attending the Community Festival Against Crime Saturday on the Town Green could get a whiff of that new car smell. That’s because the Biloxi Police Department will be showing off its array of new cruisers and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and the Biloxi Fire Department will be displaying its new million-dollar ladder truck, which will be […]

Website now back in operation

Every element of the City of Biloxi’s website has been cleaned and scrubbed, and has been certified as virus-free by Google. The re-certification occurs after a piece of malicious software, also known as malware, found its way into the coding that powers the city website. We apologize for the inconvenience.          

Gilich seeks agreement on east Biloxi roadway, funding

The city is willing to move forward with completing an east Biloxi traffic loop with a wider Pine Street to link Back Bay Boulevard with Point Cadet, but only after half the expected $22 million price tag is in place. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will ask the City Council for approval to enter […]

Cedar Lake signal work set for after midnight

The Cedar Lake-Popp’s Ferry intersection will turn into a four-way stop for a couple of hours after midnight tonight while contractors re-locate the control box for the traffic signals at the intersection. Temporary Stop signs will be placed at the site shortly before work begins, and the traffic signals will be inoperative while work is […]

City seeks funding requests from agencies

Though city funding may not be available, Biloxi municipal leaders want to be aware of the funding needs of social-service agencies and other organizations that serve Biloxi residents. Representatives of groups and organizations have until Oct. 9 to submit a completed form in order to have a chance of being included in the FY 2016 budget. […]

Stretch of Popp’s Ferry to close Saturday

Popp’s Ferry Road between Cedar Lake Road and Lamey Street will be closed Saturday at 7 a.m. and remain closed until Sunday at 8 p.m. so workers can install drainage systems as part of the widening of that stretch of Popp’s Ferry Road. Motorists should use either Cedar Lake Road or Lamey Street as an […]

Council to reconsider Fayard-Bayview realignment

The Biloxi City Council will have a special meeting Wednesday at 11 a.m. to reconsider the measure to realign Fayard Street at Bayview Avenue. Councilmembers had approved the resolution at their meeting last week. Read the agenda and amended resolution   Stretch of Popp’s Ferry to close Saturday Popp’s Ferry Road between Cedar Lake and Motsie […]

Clay creations, concerts, theater on tap this weekend

Children and adults are invited to play in the clay studio and make cool, sculptural clay piggy banks Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s Center for Ceramics. The session, open to ages 10 and up, is $25 per person and feature Ohr arts staffers helping visitors – no […]

Permit issued for Walmart gas station

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the building division issued a building permit for the Walmart Gas Station to be located on Popp’s Ferry Road in front of the proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market, which was permitted last week. The new Market and Gas Station are scheduled to be completed in March 2016. Also […]

Dignitaries to spend week on Gulf Coast

A five-member delegation of local leaders from the republic of Georgia will be arriving on the Mississippi Gulf Coast next week to spend seven days learning about the area, its economy and its forms of government.  Four of the dignitaries will be making their first visit to the United States. The Steps Coalition, a non-profit […]

Downtown to host two Cruisin’ events

Cruisin’ the Coast events in downtown Biloxi are expanding to two days this year and involving a new location, MGM Park, for a salute to veterans. Crusin’, the Coastwide auto show that is expected to attract a record 7,500 participants to south Mississippi, takes place Oct. 4 through 11, and will focus on downtown Biloxi […]

City employees to receive raises from 3 to 5 percent

Biloxi municipal employees, who have not received a pay increase since 2008, will see salaries boosted anywhere from $1,000 to 5 percent in a measure passed today by the City Council. Under the plan, which will cost the city about a million dollars, all employees with at least a year of service will receive at […]

City crews back on U.S. 90 for touch-up work

Biloxi Parks & Recreation and Public Works crews are back on U.S. 90 this week, trimming medians and scraping up sand from the eight-mile stretch of highway along Biloxi’s waterfront. About 20 workers will be working daily beginning at 7 each morning, with Parks and Recreation workers using weed eaters to trim medians and Public […]

Rediscover ‘Lost Biloxi’ at the Biloxi Visitors Center

Biloxi’s beaches and casinos make the city a haven for Gulf Coast tourists. And since it’s one of America’s oldest communities, local residents have seen many iconic treasures come and go. Before Hurricane Katrina, more than 150 historical structures dotted the area. Of those, 60 were lost to the devastating storm, including the Father Ryan […]

Fireman’s Ball kicks off big weekend this evening

It’s Fireman’s Day weekend, kicking off with the revival of the Fireman’s Ball this evening from 7 to 10 at the Biloxi Civic Center, a Fireman’s Day parade Saturday morning through downtown Biloxi and a drawdown for the firefighter’s relief fund Saturday night at the Biloxi Civic Center. The Fireman’s Ball, open to the public […]

Planning recommends short-term rental regulations

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in Community Development, the planning commission wrapped up their workshop on Short-Term Rental, and directed the planning staff to prepare “draft” language for the proposed text amendment. The recommendation is for the “use map” in the Land Development Ordinance, to remain the same as it relates to STR, but […]

Biloxi First group to roast ‘Shorty’ Sneed

Well-known Coast insurance executive and longtime community theater actor John B. “Shorty” Sneed will be the roastee for the 13th annual Biloxi First Roast, which will take place Thursday, Oct. 8, at the IP Casino Resort Spa. The event is the major annual fundraiser for Biloxi First, a non-profit organization that has provided more than […]

Got drugs? The police can take them off your hands

The Biloxi Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are offering the public a chance to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs, which often become sources of abuse. The two agencies will offer another free drug take-back sessions, at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, on Porter Avenue two blocks north of the […]

Short-term rental issue still in play

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director The past two weeks in Community Development, the city council voted to approve a conditional use application for the first Short-Term Rental property to be located in a single family structure. The structure located at 156 Briarfield Avenue, was eligible for short term rental because it is located in a district zoned […]

Benefit luncheon now underway at Fire Museum

Don’t have lunch plans yet? The West End Hose Co. No. 3, the city’s fire museum has you covered. From now until 1 p.m., the museum, on Howard Avenue, is selling plate lunches to help defray medical costs for fire mechanic Allen Brindley. The $7 plates – pulled pork sandwich, potato salad and baked beans […]

Seafood Festival: One huge po-boy of a good time

No doubt about it, fresh Gulf seafood and tasty seafood dishes are the main attraction at the Biloxi Chamber’s annual Biloxi Seafood Festival, and this weekend’s two-day affair at Point Cadet Plaza stands to be bigger than ever. “We’re going to be building a 200-foot shrimp po-boy,” says Biloxi Chamber Director Rachael Seymour, Why? “Why […]

Pass Road drainage work set to begin

Motorists on Pass Road west of Eisenhower Drive have seen the barricades in place for a week now, and in the next day or so construction workers will be on the scene to begin a 60-day, $300,000 project to replace drainage boxes in the stretch of Pass Road between Eisenhower and Westview drives. The barricades […]

First Lady, Excel by 5 help create ‘Super Savers’

You’re never too young to learn about saving money, and Biloxi Excel by 5 and First Lady Deborah Bryant will help youngsters get in the spirit on Thursday morning with a program called “I am a Super Saver.” The free program, which is open to children up to age 5, will begin at 10 a.m. […]

Buford Jordan is ‘After 5’ headliner this evening

Buford Jordan, the storied New Orleans Buccaneers and Saints player, will be making the rounds in downtown Biloxi this evening for Biloxi Main Street’s Downtown After 5. The event, held quarterly, runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and includes uniquely themed events at downtown restaurants and shops, especially throughout Rue Magnolia and the Biloxi Art […]

Seafood Museum drawdown is Sept. 19

The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum holds its 30th Annual $10,000 Drawdown on Saturday, Sept. 19. The affair, the museum’s major fundraiser of the year, will be at the museum, 115 First St., and begins with cocktails and entertainment by Hank Berumen at 6 p.m. The buffet opens at 7 p.m. with a host of […]

Fireman’s Ball to kick off milestone Fireman’s Day festivities

Fireman’s Day in Biloxi marks 125 years this month, and to commemorate the occasion the West End Hose Co. No. 3, the city’s fire museum, is turning it into a weekend-long celebration, complete with a Fireman’s Ball and Fireman’s Day Parade. Dozens of fire trucks are expected to roll through the streets of downtown Biloxi […]

City creates perpetual fund from BP money

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday created a new economic development fund that could help pay for facility improvements, create new businesses or expand existing businesses, without cost to the taxpayers. The fund would use the $4.1 million BP settlement to create a perpetual account that would have a variety of uses and is expected […]

Visitors Center to host ‘Biloxi’ photography exhibit

The Biloxi Visitor Center next week will host an opening reception for a month-long exhibition of works by photographer Robert Brooks. Brooks, a New Orleans native who has been a professional freelance and art photographer for more than 40 years, settled in Biloxi in 1987. In 1994 he volunteered to hang an exhibition of black-and-white photographs […]

Council, mayor continue budget discussions

The Biloxi City Council and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will have a special meeting Tuesday morning at 10:30 to continue discussing the Fiscal Year 2016 Biloxi Municipal Budget. The morning meeting is a precursor the council’s regularly scheduled 6 o’clock meeting Tuesday night. Both meetings will be at City Hall and are open to the […]

Last call: ‘Katrina +10’ blowing, going through Labor Day

Visitors to Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast will have from today through the end of Labor Day to see “Katrina +10,” the hugely popular multi-media exhibition at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. The six-month exhibition, which launched March 20 at the east Biloxi museum, is scheduled to wrap up its campus-wide run at the […]

Work winding down on trio of projects

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development construction continues to wind down on the MGM Stadium, The Boomtown RV Park, and Saint Michael’s New Life Parish Center. Construction is also continuing on the Casino Magic Hotel, The Hyatt Place Hotel, Baja Beach Biloxi Restaurant, The Lugger  Restaurant (formerly the Hook-Up), and Jimmy John’s Restaurant. […]

Katrina opens and closes the day Saturday at MGM Park

Former Gov. Haley Barbour, who marshaled state and federal aid for the Coast’s sustained recovery from Katrina, will headline the city’s 10th annual Katrina Memorial Observance on Saturday morning at 9 at MGM Park in downtown Biloxi. The hour-long event is one of several Katrina commemorations taking place in Biloxi. The weekend activities actually kicked […]

Americorps to have huge role this weekend

When visitors to the Katrina memorial observance began arrving at MGM Park for the 9 a.m. program Saturday morning, they will be greeted by 22 ushers volunteering from Americorps, and another 50 Americorps workers will be among those in the audience. Says Vicksburg-based Rachel J. Turner, unit Leader, acting assistant program director, of the group’s […]

Highwater marker to be unveiled at Visitors Center

The City of Biloxi will host a brief ceremony Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Biloxi Visitors Center to unveil one of 17 Katrina and Camille highwater markers that are being placed between Waveland to Ocean Springs. The markers, which are being presented on the 10th anniversary of Katrina, are designed to bring awareness to […]

Planning OKs realignment of Fayard at Bayview

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted to approve an application from IP Casino for the vacation and realignment of the north end of Fayard Street at Bayview Avenue. The project as proposed will remove the offset intersection that currently exists, and realign this area of Fayard Street to […]

Gilich seeks reorganization of city departments

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will ask the Biloxi City Council on Tuesday for the first realignment of Biloxi municipal government in more than two decades, creating a new city department from existing staff to better address the existing and new challenges Biloxi will be facing in economic development, management of cultural resources and improving the […]

Biloxi High pep rally is this evening on Town Green

Indian Nation, it’s time to get fired up! A pep rally for the varsity football team, your chance to meet the players and coaches, will be this evening beginning at 6 on the Town Green. It’s also your first look at this year’s edition of the marching band, cheerleaders and Biloxi Belles. Additionally, the Touchdown […]

Former housing czar Blessey to examine Katrina recovery

Gerald Blessey, the man whom Gov. Haley Barbour appointed as his post-Katrina housing czar, plans to take a critical look at the recovery from Hurricane Katrina during his Hancock Bank Katrina Café presentation on Friday at lunchtime. The session begins at noon at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Tickets for the luncheon are $10, which […]

Free children’s health fair is Saturday at mall

The annual “Ready, Set, Go!” Children’s Health and Safety Fair, focusing on ages up to age 5, takes place Saturday, Aug. 22 from  9 a.m. to noon at Edgewater Mall The free event will feature screenings for vision, hearing, physical growth and speech/language development. Also available will be safety information for homes, on the water, […]

Biloxi Library to host ‘Katrina’ book signing, talk

The Biloxi Library is hosting a book talk and signing with local author Dr. James Patterson Smith on Tuesday, Aug.  25, at 4:30 p.m. Dr. Smith’s book “Hurricane Katrina:  the Mississippi Story” is rooted in a wealth of oral histories, and tells the dramatic but under-reported story of a people who confronted unprecedented devastation.  In often […]