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Santa visits Excel by 5 and Hiller Park this weekend

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

New home construction continues to thrive

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

Line break reduces water pressure in east Biloxi

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

Enjoy the local flavor of the holidays this weekend

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

Tree committee officially in the works

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

Lighthouse lighting ceremony is today at 5:30

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

Children’s parade will have a few surprises

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

Visitors Center sees another jump in guests

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

Shuckers: Biloxi team unveils name, logo

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

Visitors Center to host North, introduce museum pass

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

Ushering in the holiday season

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

Five short-term rentals seek approval

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

Christmas on Water highlights holiday schedule

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

Loaves and Fishes to raffle autographed Saints Super Bowl football

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

MGM Park reaches a construction milestone

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

City Council meetings begin shortly

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

New sidewalk planned between Popp’s Ferry and Hiller Park

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

Infrastructure work coming up in Balmoral, Edgewater area

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

Beauvoir goes Scottish this weekend

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

DRC see plans for South Beach East, apartments

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

Planning group to discuss re-zoning, tree ordinance

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

Parade highlights entertainment-filled weekend

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

Review continues for Hyatt, medical office

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

Visitors Center to host Mad Marlin exhibition

Sculptor Marlin Miller, who created the majority of the sculptures on the Katrina Sculpture Trail on U.S. 90, will have his works showcased in a Biloxi Visitors Center “pop-up gallery” that will open Thursday, Nov. 13 with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception beginning at 7 p.m. Miller, owner of Mad Marlins Studio in Fort […]

Tree ordinance to get more attention

Dozens of residents from Biloxi and the surrounding area showed up and spoke during a special City Council meeting on Tuesday to discuss the city’s tree-protection ordinance. Most residents spoke in favor of a return to a tree committee to have a say in the process, while others pointed to a need to not add […]

Huge Veterans parade to roll Saturday

The Gulf Coast Veterans Day Parade, boasting a lineup of 1,900 marchers, rolls on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. from the IP Casino Resort Spa on Back Bay to the Town Green, where a free Red, White and Blue on the Green Festival is planned. Although the parade itself begins at 11 o’clock, you can […]

Trees, second short-term rental on agenda today

The city’s tree-protection ordinance will be discussed during a special City Council meeting this afternoon at 4:45, and the city will get its second short-term rental operation if the City Council says OK during its 6 p.m. meeting. The council called the special meeting to discuss the city’s tree-protection ordinance after more than a hundred […]

Weekend preview: A tricky evening, music and more

It’s a festive weekend with thousands of trick-or-treaters expected on neighborhood streets this evening, and tens of thousands of visitors perusing the streets of downtown Ocean Springs for the huge Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival Saturday and Sunday. Biloxi Police remind motorists and pedestrians to be extra careful this evening, as thousands of Halloween […]

Visitors Center to host hurricane lecture, book signings

The Biloxi Visitors Center will host a trio of public events in November: two book signings,and the last in this year’s series of hurricane lectures. Here’s the schedule with background on each event: Hurricane Hunter Lecture, Nov. 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Come hear what it’s like to fly into the most deadly weather […]

Remember these tips for trick-or-treating

Halloween is Friday 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. Recommended time for trick-or-treating: Friday late in the day, but before darkness sets in. The city offers these tips: When trick-or-treating: — A parent or […]

Edgewater Mall to offer indoor trick-or-treating

Edgewater Mall will once again this year provide trick-or-treating in an indoor, climate-controlled environment. Mall stores will be handing out candy from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., and those who drop by the mall’s Guest Services booth will get additional treats from mall customer service representatives. The mall also will provide kids with free trick-or-treat bag at the […]

New apparatus committee has its say in city’s new fire truck

The Biloxi Fire Department is looking to buy a new ladder truck during Tuesday’s City Council meeting, and the purchase is the first recommendation from a new apparatus committee empaneled by Fire Chief Joe Boney. The purchase of the new truck – more than $900,000, paid for with Community Development Block Grant funds – is […]

Halloween on the Green is this afternoon

If you missed Halloween at Hiller Park, don’t fret; there’s more trick or treating fun later this afternoon on the Town Green. Halloween on the Green, capped by a drive-in movie, begins at 4 p.m., with a costume contest, trick-or-treating and family fun. Then, at dusk, you can see the movie “Frankenweenie.” The affair is […]

All treats, no tricks this weekend

Two seasonal events are coming up this weekend: Halloween at Hiller Park, and the award-winning cemetery tours at the old Biloxi City Cemetery. Halloween at Hiller, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 this evening, will feature a costume contest, hayrides and fire truck rides, trick or treating with local businesses, chidlren’s games and attractions, and […]

Santa Maria sold to hotel development group

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the big news was the announcement that the old Santa Maria Del Mar senior housing structure on Beach Boulevard is being sold to the Barrington Group. The Barrington Group is the same developer who restored the White House Hotel. Possible uses proposed for the property include an […]

Cemetery tours highlight colorful cast of characters

Another collection of some of most Biloxi’s colorful characters of yesteryear will headline this year’s Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour, a free public program that takes place Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., with an encore Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Included in this year’s lineup will be colorful Mardi Gras impresario Walter “Skeet” Hunt, […]

Visitors Center hosts ‘Moonshine Adventure’ today

You’ll have a chance to hear storytelling and name dropping later today at the Biloxi Visitors Center when author Al Saucier talks about his book, “Moonshine Adventure,” a tome that chronicles Southern Culture and the introduction of moonshine to a worldwide audience. Saucier, whose ancestors were among the first European settlers in the area known […]

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 […]

More big numbers in development

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Permit issued for Blind Tiger

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 […]

Short-term rental, fireworks at issue

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. […]

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