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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 […]

Katrina books, DVDs now at bargain price

The City of Biloxi has cracked open the vault and the original award-winning “Biloxi & Katrina” photo album and DVD can be yours for $5 now, when you purchase the updated “Katrina +10” photo album and DVD for $20. “Biloxi & Katrina” is a photo album and DVD package produced by the city a year […]

Boomtown wrapping up RV park

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, Boomtown Casino is putting the finishing touches on their new recreational vehicle park located at the corner of Bay View Avenue and Main Street, This new park will have 50 RV sites complete with full utility hookups. A certificate of occupancy should be issued early next week. […]

Football jamboree, Meet the Indians tonight

OK, sports fans, it’s your chance to get a sneak peek at the 2015 Indians football squad and to meet a host of other Indians athletes. Biloxi will be hosting its annual football jamboree this evening, beginning at 6 o’clock, with a scrimmage against Poplarville, at the stadium on the Biloxi High School campus. The […]

‘Concert for the Coast’ tickets now on sale

Tickets for the “Concert for the Coast” in MGM Park on Saturday, Aug. 29, featuring headliners Dr. John and Trombone Shorty, are now on sale at the MGM Park box office at Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets for limited VIP seating on the infield are $45 plus fees. Reserved chair back seating is $35 plus fees and General […]

City’s million-dollar ladder truck arrives

A new piece of firefighting equipment joined the Biloxi Fire Department fleet today: a million-dollar ladder truck that will help firefighters deal with highrise fires and rescues. The new truck,  which will be stationed at the Lee-Chinn Fire Station on Veterans Avenue,  replaces a 22-year-old ladder truck, and it will be one of five ladder […]

With anniversary nearing, K10 interest growing

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s huge “Katrina +10” is approaching the home stretch of its six-month run, and some of its most popular programs are just around the corner. “This is the biggest thing we’ve done in the 17-year history of the museum, and the attendance continues to grow exponentially as we approach the Aug. […]

Take a historic cruise along the Biloxi waterfront

The Cultural & Heritage Committee of the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce has announced that the next Biloxi History Cruise will be Friday, Sept. 11. This will be a two-hour sunset cruise aboard the historic Pan American Clipper, with boarding at 5 p.m., and departure at 5:30 from Biloxi’s Point Cadet Marina.  The $50 ticket […]

New agreement nets city $200,000 from BP settlement

An agreement worked out by Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and approved this afternoon by the Biloxi City Council will result in a $200,000 net increase for the city from the BP oil spill settlement. Gilich negotiated a deal over the weekend with the law firm Page, Mannino, Peresich & McDermott that will increase the city’s […]

Planning Commission eyes short-term rental issue

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the Biloxi Planning Commission conducted a workshop to discuss possible options concerning Short Term Rentals. Among the options discussed, was the possibility of removing Short Term Rental from all property currently zoned residential. Under the current Land Development Ordinance, Short Term Rental is prohibited in districts zoned […]

Weekend preview: Shuckers, bull riding and more

The Biloxi Shuckers host their in-state rival, the Mississippi Braves, this evening at MGM Park, kicking off a weekend of entertainment. The Shuckers-Braves series runs nightly through Tuesday. Meantime, the Commodores will be in concert this weekend at the IP, Beauvoir hosts a Ladies Tea and Civil War Ball, and on the community theater scene “Fiddler […]

Gilich seeks compromise on BP legal fees

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has called a special meeting of the Biloxi City Council for Thursday at 4 p.m. to ask the City Council to rescind a 2012 contract that would pay 20 percent in legal fees from a $5.9 million BP claim the city and Biloxi Public School District expect to receive. In his […]

MGM Park to host ‘Concert for the Coast’

Celebrating 10 years of recovery from Hurricane Katrina, the City of Biloxi will present the “Concert for the Coast” in MGM Park on Saturday, Aug. 29, the actual 10th anniversary of the storm. Headlining the first concert in the new stadium are two signature New Orleans acts spanning generations: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer […]

Section of Popp’s Ferry Road to close this weekend

Popp’s Ferry Road between Cedar Lake and Lamey Street will be closed as early as Friday at midnight 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 […]

Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame to add 15

The owner of the revered semi-pro baseball team the Biloxi Dodgers, the most outstanding athlete of Notre Dame High School’s penultimate year and a state representative headline the 2015 selections of the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. Rosell Horne operated a popular barber shop on Main Street for many years, but it was his decades-long […]

Hats (and jackets) off to Jim Cantore

Jim Cantore, the storm-chasing meteorologist from the Weather Channel, was in town the other day, but have no fear. No storms on the horizon (knock on wood), but Cantore did leave articles of clothing in his wake. The Ohr-O’Keefe’s “Katrina +10” exhibition is now showcasing the black “Storm Chaser” baseball cap and L.L. Bean Weather […]

Bravo! It’s a full weekend of entertainment

Big doin’s this weekend on the entertainment scene and on all fronts: community theater, concerts, minor league baseball and even a fishing rodeo. You’ll find the Bravo Awards at Biloxi Little Theater Saturday night, “Fiddler on the Roof,” featuring the irrepressible Karen Abernathy of WLOX continuing its run at Center Stage, and a fishing tournament, […]

Seafood hall of fame to grow Saturday

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum’s second annual Heritage Hall of Fame 2015 will be Saturday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. on the first floor of the Museum.  This will be the one- year anniversary of the new museum as well. Mayor Gilich will present the certificates and Kim Ross Bush will be emcee the […]

Gilich proposes sweeping changes to city’s legal representation

Continuing his push to stem rising legal expenses, Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will ask the City Council Tuesday to approve eight contracts for specialized legal work. The agreements will establish fee schedules for outside counsel when, and if needed. Authorizing standby legal assistance will enable Biloxi to protect its interest and help reduce rising […]

Apartment complex, beach bar nearing completion

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in Community Development, two of our development projects are nearing completion, and should receive final certificates of occupancy early next week. Arbor Landing Apartments, a $23 million dollar, 218 unit complex on Popp’s Ferry Road is striping the parking area and finalizing their landscaping in order to obtain final approval. […]

Parents, take a moment to complete registration for your child

OK, so you’ve filled out the convenient online registration info for Biloxi Public Schools, and you clicked the submit button. All done, rigtht? Now you’re ready to get the kids to class on Aug. 6, right? Wrong. Right now, of the 4,888 students who have been registered online and submitted the online forms, in slightly […]

Rupert Lacy to speak at K10 luncheon Friday

Rupert Lacy, Harrison County’s emergency manager, will be the featured luncheon speaker Friday at “Katrina +10,” as south Mississippi heads into August, typically the most active month of hurricane season. “We’re going to look at preparedness 10 years ago,” Lacy said, “and as we say we’re bigger and better today, we’re going to look at […]

Gilich, Holloway to headline free K10 program Sunday

The Ohr-O’Keefe’s “Katrina +10” exhibition will offer a free, bonus double feature this Sunday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m, starring Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and former Mayor A.J. Holloway. The presentation will feature two 12-minute programs, “The Centennial of the Croatian-American Cultural Society” and “The Greatest Speech Ever Given by A.J. Holloway.” Gilich and Holloway […]

K10 welcomes 20,000th visitors

A Washington, D.C. couple visiting their daughter in New Orleans drove over to the “Katrina +10” exhibit this afternoon and became the 20,000th visitors to the museum. Scott Rose and Mary Liz Austin, who live in the nation’s capital, wanted to find out about the Katrina recovery while visiting their daughter, Aubrey Rose and had […]

Mayors gather to break bread, discuss issues

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich brought together mayors of several Mississippi Gulf Coast cities today to discuss several issues of mutual importance and suggest a united front when pursuing state or federal support. “I’ve been on the job slightly more than two months now,” Gilich said, “but one thing I’ve known for much longer than that […]

Council OKs vacation of Anglada

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the city council voted to approve the vacation of the northern 500’ of Anglada Street. This approval will allow the IP Casino Resort to move forward with their plans for a new and improved parking lot. The proposed parking lot will be fully landscaped and will […]

Breakfast with Mayor is Thursday morning

Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo” Gilich will update a Biloxi Chamber audience on the progress in Biloxi during “Breakfast with the Mayor” Thursday beginning at 8 a.m. at Hard Rock Live inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The session is open to the public and provides an informal setting for the mayor to discuss issues and […]

Cedar Lake south of Popp’s Ferry to close

A 200-foot section of Cedar Lake Road immediately south of the Popp’s Ferry Road intersection will be closed to traffic Wednesday through Friday as part of the upcoming widening work on Popp’s Ferry Road. Contractors will close the section of Cedar Lake Wednesday morning beginning at 8 and hope to re-open the road Friday at […]

Schools open this week for registration assistance

Nearly 3,000 students have been registered through the convenient online school registration Biloxi Public Schools is offering this year, and this week there’s the issue of proof of residency. All Biloxi public schools are open each weekday this week, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., so parents can drop by to show two proofs of residency. You’ll […]

Barry Ball Day planned for Tuesday

Barry Lyons, the homegrown major leaguer who had the idea two decades ago to bring minor league baseball to Biloxi, will be honored Tuesday during the Biloxi City Council meeting. The council is also expected to approve up to $5,000 for a marker that will help dedicate a site in his name at MGM Park. […]

Baseball, music and other performing arts

Lots to do this weekend. The Biloxi Shuckers host the Chatanooga Lookouts at MGM Park; Lady Antebellum plays the Coast Coliseum; Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell play the IP; “Yaye” continues its run at the Beau Rivage, and, of course “Katrina +10” is at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. See the entire lineup   […]

IP looks at Fayard; DRC looks at downtown

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the Development Review Committee met with representatives of the IP Casino resort to review plans to re-align the north end of Fayard Street at Bayview. This new alignment would reduce traffic confusion created by the offset of the existing intersection, with the access drive to IP. The […]

Gilich touts initiatives to Congressional delegation

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich led a four-man contingent of city leaders on a whirlwind tour of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Wednesday. Gilich was joined by City Council President Felix Gines, City Attorney Gerald Blessey and Biloxi’s chief development officer, F. Cliff Kirkland. The group, along with Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes and several local […]

Police warn of scams, how to avoid becoming a victim

The Biloxi Police Department is warning residents about recent scams that involve missed jury duty, overpayment for services performed or winning lottery tickets. The department is also warning residents that a number of recently solved automobile and home burglaries were crimes of opportunity, where home or car doors or windows were left unlocked, with valuables […]

BPD non-emergency lines knocked out

Construction workers have accidentally rendered the Police Department’s non-emergency distaptch phone lines inoperative. The emergency 911 number is working, but the department’s 392-0641 is inoperative until further notice. Instead, non-emergency callers to BPD dispatch can use (228) 348-8229 or (228) 860-4312 until further notice.   ‘Baby mayors’ to headline Katrina session Imagine this. You take […]

‘Baby mayors’ to headline Katrina session

Imagine this. You take office one day, and Katrina decimates your community the next. That’s the scenario a number of newly elected and appointed south Mississippi leaders faced 10 years ago. You’ll hear the stories Wednesday night when the Ohr-O’Keefe “Katrina +10” series presents the free roundtable discussion “Baptism by Katrina.”  The free program begins […]

‘Lego Movie’ plays on Town Green this evening

Biloxi Main Street continues its successful “Drive-in Movie” series on the Biloxi Town Green this evening with presentation of “The Lego Movie.” Grab a lawn chair or blanket and be a part of the fun, beginning at 6 p.m. with door prizes, contests and plenty of family fun, including a giant water slide. The movie […]

Two major downtown projects back in play

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, applications were submitted to the Development Review Committee for 2 major economic development projects in the downtown district. The first is an application for the conversion and redevelopment of the former Santa Maria Del Mar Apartment building into a 160 unit luxury hotel, with a swimming […]

Biloxi aims to take the hassle out of registration

It’s a foregone conclusion for many: Another year of registration. Another year of stress. Long, slow-moving lines, plenty of forms to fill out, power bills and driver’s licenses to prove residency, and did we say long, slow-moving lines? And the guy in front of us usually can’t find all of his paperwork. Biloxi Public Schools […]

Biloxi accepts $4.9 million BP settlement

As part of a group settlement of local government claims for economic losses caused by the 2010 BP Oil Spill, Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced today the City Council has authorized the Mayor to accept an offer of nearly $5 million to settle Biloxi’s claim. The City was also informed a separate offer was […]

Saenger to host ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway production of “Sunset Boulevard” is coming to the Saenger Theater this week, with an all-star local cast. The show opens with a VIP, red-carpet benefit for the Saenger on Thursday evening, with follow-up performances on Friday and Saturday evenings and a Sunday afternoon matinee. Tickets for Thursday’s event begin at $50 […]

Weekend preview: MGM Park, Point Cadet and fireworks

MGM Park, which will see the Shuckers face the Mississippi Braves this evening, hosts its inaugural Fourth of July Festival Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m., with a field of inflatables, food from The Shed, live music, and other entertainment. The day that will wrap up with viewing of the city fireworks, which will begin […]

Planning to examine issue of short-term rentals

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development , the Biloxi Planning Commission voted unanimously to set a work shop to discuss issues and possible options concerning “Short-Term Rental”. Under the Land Development Ordinance, Short-Term Rental (less than 30 days) is allowed as a conditional use in the Downtown and Multi-Family zoned […]

Biloxi seeks specialized legal representation

The City of Biloxi is seeking proposals from qualified attorneys and law firms to possibly provide the city outside legal counsel on an as-needed basis. The city today began advertising for qualified representation to cover a potential field of nearly three dozen public policy areas that range, alphabetically, from annexation to workers compensation. The move […]

Tanglewood Park sees Powerful improvements

By Charlie Benton Public Affairs Intern Tanglewood Park in west Biloxi is looking better these days because of the work of a group of Mississippi Power workers. The workers, who gathered at the park Wednesday morning, painted a free-throw line on the basketball court, painted the basketball goal red, pressure washed and painted playground equipment […]

Gilich launches cleaner-Biloxi campaign

“Biloxi is a tourist town and we ought to look like one,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has said often since his election just over a month ago, and now, on the cusp of a busy Fourth of July weekend, the mayor is launching a campaign with WXXV to help raise awareness of the issue. This […]

Biloxi fireworks: See the show, hear the music

Biloxi’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show has gained a reputation over the years as being one of the biggest in the Southeast, organizers say, but  the annual production is also a musical affair. Admirers of fireworks displays and patriotic music can get both on Saturday night, beginning at 9, when the city’s annual fireworks […]

Gilich seeks to upgrade Biloxi development, key corridors

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will ask the City Council to hire a well-known local architect to help developers present more attractive proposals to the city, and to help spur new development and a more inviting appearance in key areas of the city. Gilich is asking the council for approval to hire architect […]

City releases 2015 water quality report

Biloxi residents have known for years that they have some of the lowest water, sewer and garbage rates of any community in the state, and a new report confirms that the city’s drinking water meets or exceeds federal and state requirements. The city’s Annual Report on the Quality of Drinking Water, a scorecard mandated by […]