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Get hoppy, a mad potter and more this weekend

Main Street ushers in the weekend and a new month this evening with its “Finally First Friday” gathering throughout downtown, you’ll find MGM Park’s inaugural high school baseball game this evening, and on Saturday the Rube Goldberg-like potter Steve Barney is back for daylong outdoor shows. Main Street’s Finally First Friday kicks off at 5:30 […]

MGM’s high school baseball debut pushed back a day

The inaugural high school baseball game in MGM Park is going to have to wait a day. The matchup between the Biloxi Indians and D’Iberville Warriors, billed as the Battle of Back Bay Tomahawk Cup, has been pushed back from this evening to Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets sold for this evening will be honored […]

Gilich lauds governor for Keesler gate funding request

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich today praised Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant for urging the state Legislature to commit $15 million of BP Economic Damages payments to the Keesler Air Force Base Division Street gate project. “Three days after I took office, Gov. Bryant was kind enough to meet with me to discuss issues important to the […]

Gilich views diverting BP funds as ‘unfair to Gulf Coast’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who has rallied local leaders on the issue of securing at least 80 percent of the state’s BP money for the Gulf Coast, said he was disappointed with today’s measure passed by the state House that would see $50 million of BP money diverted for roads and bridges projects statewide. “This […]

Three nights of baseball kicks off this evening at MGM

Shuckers baseball is still a month away, but you’ll have a chance this week to whet your appetite with three days of baseball at MGM Park. This evening at 7:05, the downtown Biloxi ballpark hosts teams Jackson State vs. Southern. Then on Wednesday at 7:05, it’s Southern Miss vs. South Alabama, and on Thursday at 7 […]

City seeks comment on Popp’s Ferry extension routes

The City of Biloxi takes another step in the process to see a new road connecting Popp’s Ferry and U.S. 90 this month when a hearing will be held to gather public reaction to two proposed routes for the new roadway. The public will have a chance to review and comment on the two proposed […]

Police Department hosts accreditation team

A team of assessors from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission will be in Biloxi Thursday and Friday conducting an on-site assessment to ensure that the Biloxi Police Department is complying with professional standards. The assessors, who checks the department’s compliance with 140 measured standards, will review agency policies and practices, interview personnel, and examine […]

Council to get first look at boat slip fees

The rates for those who rent slips for boats moored at the city’s public harbors and marinas will not be changing under an updated fee structure, but the manner in which those fees have been calculated will be revised in a measure that goes before the City Council on Tuesday. The council gets its first look at the […]

Work to cause closure of Division at Caillavet

Division Street at the Caillavet Street intersection will be closed to east and westbound traffic beginning Tuesday morning at 7 so city contractors can make emergency sewer repairs at the site. Lane Construction expects to keep Caillavet Street open to traffic during the work, but motorists traveling Division Street will detour at either Bohn or […]

Mayor, council to discuss infrastructure oversight today

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has called a special meeting of the Biloxi City Council for 4 p.m. today to discuss granting a two-month extension for the firm overseeing the city’s massive infrastructure work. Under the proposal, HNTB would continue overseeing the $355 million in infrastructure work until April 29. HNTB has agreed to continue the […]

Black history program to honor Moffett, public safety workers

Tommy Moffett says when he was named the city’s first black police chief in 1986, he viewed the promotion as more about doing a good job, and he brushed aside  the distinction of breaking a color barrier. “It was irrelevant to me at the time,” says Moffett, who held the rank of chief in the […]

National ‘Refresh’ program begins today in Biloxi

Main Street Biloxi District, one of seven national programs from across the country chosen as a site for a refreshed approach to comprehensive community revitalization and preservation-based economic development, will have its first series of visits today and Thursday. Kathy La Plante, senior program officer with the National Main Street Center, and Kennedy Smith, who […]

Storms lead to early school release, preparations

Biloxi Public Schools leaders have announced that students will be dismissed from class two hours early today, and city workers have been removing leaves and other debris from storm drains in low-lying areas, as residents and businesses are being encouraged to prepare for severe weather this afternoon. In fact, the National Weather Service has issued […]

Biloxi puts a fresh face on its history

Visitors to a number of high-profile landmarks in Biloxi are noticing new markers that tell the historical significance of those locations. The City of Biloxi used FEMA funding to replace 10 Katrina-destroyed stainless-steel markers that had dated back to the Blessey administration in the ’80s. The difference with the new 36-by-24-inch markers, says Biloxi Historical […]

‘The Piano Lesson,’ Leno and O’Jays on stage this weekend

Among the entertaining diversions this weekend in Biloxi: Center Stage offers its rendition of the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning show “The Piano Lesson,” Beauvoir welcomes the Southern Paranormal and Anomaly Research Society and you’ll find Jay Leno at the Beau Rivage,  and The O’Jays (“Love Train,” “I Love Music,” “Used Ta Be My Girl”) in […]

Hibernia St. Pat’s route has revisions this year

The Hibernia Marching Society St. Patrick’s parade, which takes place on Saturday, March 12, has a slightly different route this year, limiting its time on U.S. 90. The procession still begins at the Biloxi Yacht Club, but travels west toward downtown on Howard Avenue instead of U.S. 90. From Howard the parade turns south on […]

Gilich hails welcoming crowd at Biloxi Amtrak stop

“The people of Biloxi did a great job,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says of this morning’s turnout of several hundred people to greet Amtrak at CTA’s Biloxi Transit Center. “Senator Wicker, the governor and the Amtrak folks were impressed with what they saw when the Amtrak train pulled into Biloxi.” Gilich, his wife, Serena, and […]

Boney named as Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen

Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney was named today as Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen for 2015 in a Lions Club luncheon. Boney was cited as someone who has “blended his love of his community and its colorful history with his passion for firefighting and making Biloxi a better place to live.” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich read a […]

Amtrak stop: Be a part of the festive fun

Biloxi’s Amtrak visit on Thursday morning is becoming quite the pep rally, with the Biloxi High pep band, cheerleaders and dance troupe, Biloxi Second Liners Mardi Gras Club, the Old Biloxi Marching Club, food vendors, and, of course, the Amtrak inspection train, which is scheduled to pull into CTA’s Biloxi Transit Center at 11:21 a.m. […]

State of the City: Emotional, online and the future

Observations and follow-up news from Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s inaugural address on Tuesday: All ‘FoFo’ all the time: Beginning at 1 p.m. today Cable One in Biloxi began a 48-hour marathon replay of Mayor Gilich’s complete State of the City presentation. The 45-minute cablecast, which begins at the top of every hour, can be viewed […]

Gilich speaks of the roads to the future

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, speaking today to a standing-room audience in his first State of the City address, acknowledged the poor condition of roads under construction in east Biloxi and made two promises about the work: temporary paving is in the works for major thoroughfares, and residents and businesses would not see a repeat when […]

State of the City luncheon: sold out, but accessible

If you failed to buy one of the 700 tickets for Tuesday’s State of the City luncheon, you’ll still be able to see the mayor’s presentation. Doors to the sold-out Biloxi Bay Chamber luncheon at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino open at 11 a.m., with the program beginning at 11:30. Text and photos from […]

Baseball underway now at MGM Park

Community college baseball is underway at MGM Park right now, with the Gulf Coast Bulldogs hosting St. Louis Community College. The first game of the doubleheader began moments ago, at 4 p.m., and the second game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The baseball contest, part of the Bulldogs’ 18-game slate this season at […]

Police thank public for smooth Mardi Gras

“The word’s getting out that we have a really nice family-oriented Mardi Gras,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says of the two Biloxi parades, which collectively attracted as many as 80,000 people with a record-low number of arrests. “On behalf of Mayor Gilich and the City Council, we want to thank the public for making […]

Extra! Extra! It’s here! Things to know for today’s parade

The Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade begins at 1 p.m. in downtown Biloxi, with dozens of units and marching groups, and Biloxi Police are reminding paradegoers that streets along the parade route will begin closing at noon. Theme of this year’s parade is “Extra! Extra!” with a nod to newspaper headlines from epic events through […]

Neptune to usher in Biloxi parades

More than 60 floats, including nearly a dozen bands, have been lined up for the Krewe of Neptune parade, which makes its way through downtown Biloxi on Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. “We’re ready to kick off a great four days of Carnival fun,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said, referring to a weekend of parades […]

‘New’ and old measures on City Council agenda

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday evening will ask the City Council to move forward on several proposals that have been on the agenda for a couple of meetings now, and a multi-million BP-funded project that has been in the works for years, completion of a waterfront park at the Popp’s Ferry causeway. The City […]

Children’s Mardi Gras parade rolls Saturday

Dozens of youngsters will be on bikes, trikes, wagons and other contraptions Saturday morning in downtown Biloxi for the annual Children’s Walking Mardi Gras Parade. The procession, which begins at 10 a.m., is one of a half-dozen parades scheduled to roll on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this weekend. The children’s parade, open to those 12 […]

Gilich wants big splash for Amtrak stop in Biloxi

Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission have announced a tour of the railway between New Orleans and Jacksonville, Fla., will take place next month, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says he wants the Biloxi stop, on Feb. 18 at 11:21 a.m., to be a pep rally to promote a revival of passenger rail service on the […]

Museum hosts ‘Cup of Joe’ Thursday morning

Visitors to the Maritime and Seafood Industry on Thursday morning will be able to hear personal recollections of the life and times of Joe Moran when two of his daughters, Mary and Beverly, host “Cup of Joe,” part of the Point Cadet museum’s retrospective of the famed Biloxi artist. The session begins at 9 a.m. […]

Myriad issues on council agenda Tuesday

A number of lingering issues – regulation of taxicabs and other vehicles for hire, better oversight on tree permits, and adjusting the city’s water, sewer and garbage rates – may be resolved by the Biloxi City Council next week. Councilmembers, who meet Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at Biloxi City Hall, face an agenda with measures […]

Judge rules in Biloxi’s favor in Golden Nugget rent dispute

A Harrison County Circuit judge has ruled in favor of the City of Biloxi and State of Mississippi in a rent dispute involving the Golden Nugget that could have meant millions of dollars in lost revenue over the long-term lease. In a ruling issued this week, Circuit Court Judge Roger T. Clark found that the […]

Second Liners to parade Saturday

The Biloxi Second Liners parade, which originated as a neighborhood parade of children and wagons and today boasts dozens of units, will roll Saturday at 1 p.m. The Second Liners parade is one of five parades this weekend on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as the march to Fat Tuesday, Feb. 9, continues. This year’s parade […]

Reminder: Fair Housing workshop is Thursday

The city’s Office of Federal Programs wants to make sure you know your rights and the law when it comes to fair housing. As part of the educational outreach efforts of the city’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, a Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act workshop will be conducted Thursday at […]

Mardi Gras safety tips: Before, during and after the parade

The City of Biloxi encourages you to have a spirited-yet-safe time at Mardi Gras. In order to make the occasion a safe one, the Biloxi Police Department asks that you follow these suggestions, which are more than suggestions in many cases: Before the parade — Carpool and anticipate traffic delays. Appoint a designated driver. Obey […]

Gilich proposes tree committee, more oversight

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is proposing changing the city’s tree ordinance to create a seven-member advisory committee and provide more oversight over the process. The new ordinance, set to be voted on during the council meeting on Jan. 26, is the result of pleadings by dozens of residents more than two years ago for more input […]

MLK to have an MGM flavor this year

The streets in downtown Biloxi on Monday will be filled with marching bands in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and this year’s event will culminate with the Battle of the Bands in MGM Park. The MLK “Marade” and Battle of the Bands will begin at 11 with a parade that will travel west […]

City Council rejects Renda bid, discusses water rates

The Biloxi City Council this morning approved Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s recommendation to reject the bid of Oscar Renda Contracting  for infrastructure work south of the CSX railway, and authorized the mayor to work with contactor Hemphill Construction for a price closer to Renda’s $82.9 million proposal. Councilmembers voted to reject the Renda bid because […]

Gilich encouraged by talk of new passenger rail service

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says he is encouraged by a new report by Amtrak that shows a number of scenarios where daily passenger service could return to the Gulf Coast. “The most important thing about this Amtrak study is that is it an acknowledgement that daily passenger rail service for the Gulf Coast is viable,” […]

City to host Fair Housing workshop

As part of the city’s educational outreach efforts to comply with the goals set forth in Biloxi’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, a Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act workshop is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Development Department’s Auditorium. The meeting is free and open to the […]

Section of Popp’s Ferry Road to close Saturday

Popp’s Ferry Road east of Cedar Lake Road will be closed Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow contactors to install underground utilities as part of the widening of Popp’s Ferry Road. The work will be taking place between Motsie Road and Ellington Drive; motorists are advised to use Brodie Road as an […]

City to consider south contract, temporary paving

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Friday will be asking the Biloxi City Council to move forward with infrastructure work south of the CSX railway and to spend city money to temporarily pave major thoroughfares in the current construction zone north of the railway. Gilich has called a special meeting of the council for Friday at […]

City considering across-the-board water rate increase

Water and sewer rates for all Biloxi homes and businesses would increase anywhere from 4 to 7 percent under a new rate scenario being considered by the City Council. The council will have a workshop for Friday at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the issue. The meeting will be held at City Hall and is open […]

Seafood museum to unveil Joe Moran exhibition

A new exhibit about renowned Biloxi artist Joe Moran at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum promises to offer unique insight into the master boatbuilder who later became a celebrated Biloxi artist. The “Joe Moran Retrospective” opens Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and runs through March 15 at the Point Cadet museum, and visitors will be […]

Bus celebrating ADA milestone to visit Biloxi

The Road To Freedom Bus, a traveling showcase designed to raise awareness of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, will be in Biloxi Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., south of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The bus, which will be open for tours, features displays on The ADA Legacy Project and its […]

Lions Club seeks nominees for Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen

The Biloxi Lions Club is now accepting nominations for Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year, who will be recognized during a luncheon at the Biloxi Yacht Club on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Nominations are due at Biloxi City Hall by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. Forms can be obtained at the Biloxi Visitors Center or online […]

Mayor names Billy Ray Allen as acting Public Works director

Billy Ray Allen, who has worked in the city’s Public Works Department for more than 40 years, has been named acting director of the department. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich made the announcement today. Dan Gaillet submitted his resignation last week to spend more time with a son who is recovering from a catastrophic automobile accident. Allen, […]

City continuing to review water rate proposals

Members of the Biloxi City Council have asked Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich for alternative proposals for increasing water and sewer rates, which could mean increases for all Biloxi residents and businesses, instead of only the high-end users under the administration’s proposal. “It’s still early in the process,” Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols said, “and we […]

Biloxi firefighters seek donations for relief trip

A group of six to 10 volunteers from the Biloxi Fire Department will be making a return relief trip to Three Forks next week to help four volunteer firefighters who lost their homes in a devastating tornado that struck days before Christmas. Some of the Biloxi firefighters will be making the six-hour drive to the […]

City Desk: Latest on infrastructure, water rates and more

The City Desk podcast returns from a two-week holiday break today with updates on a host of major city initiatives. Among the progress reports in the program that was recorded this morning: the status of ongoing infrastructure work and how the program will change as it moves south of the CSX railway, the proposed increases […]

State of the City luncheon seats now available

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will deliver his inaugural State of the City address on Tuesday, Feb. 16 in a Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce-sponsored luncheon at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. Gilich, who will have been in office nine months when he makes his presentation, will discuss the city’s ongoing program of work since […]

Register your child for Children’s Mardi Gras parade

Applications are now available for the annual Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, which is open to those ages 12 and under. Participants can walk, bike, skate or be pushed in strollers or wagons in this parade, which takes place Saturday, Jan. 30.  Applications are being distributed this week through Biloxi schools and can also be […]

Local culinary delights on tap for Twelfth Night

Gumbo and bread pudding from Mary Mahoney’s Old French House Restaurant, pasta from the Half Shell Oyster House and king cakes from Le Bakery will be on the menu for this evening’s Twelfth Night celebration, which kicks off at 5 at the Visitors Center before moving to the Mardi Gras Museum. The Visitors Center portion […]

Council to consider water rates, tax abatements and short-term rentals

The Biloxi City Council ushers in the New Year with two meetings on Tuesday, a 4 p.m. workshop to discuss water and sewer rates and ongoing infrastructure work, followed by a 6 p.m. meeting where council members will vote on whether to amend the city’s tax abatement program. Both meetings will be at City Hall, […]

Twelfth Night gathering to signal arrival of Carnival season

The Gulf Coast will officially change from the holiday season to Carnival season on Tuesday with the celebration of Twelfth Night beginning with a 5 p.m. gathering at the Biloxi Visitors Center, followed by a parade to the Mardi Gras Museum. “The Biloxi Visitors Center is where we began the holiday season, with the lighting […]

Lorraine Road bridge to close Monday

The Lorraine Road bridge, which connects Biloxi and Gulfport and spans the Biloxi River, will be closed to traffic for as long as six months beginning Monday, as contractors continue making progress on having a wider, more efficient bridge in place for June. Beginning Jan. 4, those traveling the Lorraine Road area will have to use […]

City eyes new water, sewer rates for high-end users

Biloxi is looking to raise its water and sewer rates for the first time since 2009, and nearly 90 percent of the city’s customers will not be affected. And those who do get the new rates will still be paying among the lowest on the Gulf Coast The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday will consider […]

Mayors recognized for work with homeless veterans

Julian Castro, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, called Mayors Andrew “FoFo” Gilich of Biloxi and Billy Hewes of Gulfport this afternoon to congratulate the two city leaders on their efforts to help end homelessness among veterans. In fact, Castro told the mayors and other local housing advocates, the U.S. Department of Housing […]

East Biloxi infrastructure work: A third complete

Infrastructure work at the eastern tip of the Biloxi peninsula, that area bordering Oak Street north of the CSK railway, is 85 percent complete, according to the latest report from the city’s Public Works Department. The report, which provides a snapshot of work completed through Nov. 25, shows that 33 percent of the overall work […]

Mayor Gilich’s New Year’s message

“As 2015 draws to an end, I take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of City of Biloxi employees for all their hard work and dedicated service to our citizens. “Since becoming Mayor in May, I’ve gained an even greater appreciation of the job performed by our staff because of their professional response to the […]

Mayor Gilich’s Christmas message

“During this holiday season, my wife Serena and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the great people of Biloxi and the Mississippi Coast for the tremendous support and sincere good wishes they have blessed upon us this year. “I was humbled when my hometown elected me to serve as its Mayor. It’s the […]

Gaillet to leave Biloxi Public Works post

Biloxi Public Works Director Dan Gaillet, whose son has continued to undergo physical therapy since suffering catastrophic injuries in a car accident shortly after Gaillet joined the city two years ago, has announced that he is stepping down from his city position effective Jan. 4. Gaillet (pronounced “guy-yaa”), who was hired by Mayor A.J. Holloway […]

Visitors Center open house highlights weekend

Dozens of artists and craftsmen will be showing and selling their wares Saturday for the Biloxi Visitors Center Holiday Open House. The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. affair, which is free and open to the public, offers Christmas shoppers a last-minute opportunity to find locally created arts and crafts. Vendors will be set up throughout […]

Council OKs plans for subdivisions, bowling alley

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in Community Development, the City Council approved the preliminary plats for two new single family subdivision developments. The two new developments, to be located in the Woolmarket area, will provide 217 new, market rate, single family lots. Also this week, the Development Review Committee, reviewed site plans for a new […]

City unveils plans for Tidelands, Restore Act applications

The City of Biloxi is applying for $14.75 million in Tidelands funds for waterfront improvements along Back Bay and west beach, and at the same time is applying for more than $112 million in funds through the state’s Restore Act. The proposals include improvements and expansions of city marinas and harbors for recreational and charter […]

Lorraine Road bridge to close for six months

The Lorraine Road bridge, which connects Biloxi and Gulfport and spans the Biloxi River, will be closed to traffic for as long as six months beginning Jan. 4, as contractors continue making progress on having a wider, more efficient bridge in place for June. Beginning Jan. 4, those traveling the Lorraine Road area will have to […]

Hiller Park welcomes holidays this weekend

Hiller Park ushers in the holidays Saturday with a daylong “Spirit of Christmas at Hiller Park” celebration at the Barbara Ferrill Softball Fields. This first-year event, organized by the Friends of Hiller Park Committee, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include a children’s area filled with games, arts and crafts area, […]

Council to consider infrastructure, financial oversight

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will ask the City Council on Tuesday to consider action on a number of big-ticket issues: improving oversight of the ongoing federally funded infrastructure projects, better monitoring of city finances and speeding up the process of paying contractors working on infrastructure work. The mayor has called a workshop for 10:30 Tuesday […]

DRC reviews plans for retail center, Natatorium expansion

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in Community Development, the Development Review Committee approved (with minor modifications) the site plan for the 12,000 sq. ft. professional and retail center to be located at the northwest corner of Lorraine and Woolmarket Roads. Also this week, we completed the plans review for the addition to the Biloxi […]

City Desk: New hotel, Woolmarket plans and Scarlet Pearl

Did you know the city has sold a beachfront parcel of land to make way for a new hotel? You can hear about that, along with a status report on other hotel projects, plans for Woolmarket and the city’s reaction to the opening of the Scarlet Pearl in D’Iberville in this week’s City Desk podcast. […]

Section of Bayview Avenue now open to traffic

The stretch of Bayview Avenue from Caillavet to past Boomtown Casino now has its initial coat of asphalt, meaning all lanes of the roadway are open to traffic. Oscar Renda Contracting opened the roadway Thursday evening at 7, four days ahead of its Dec. 15 target date. For months, motorists using the section of Bayview […]

Popp’s Ferry widening remains on track

The project to widen the final mile-long stretch of Popp’s Ferry Road between Cedar Lake and the D’Iberville city limits remains on schedule for a summertime opening. Contactors last week activated new traffic signals at Cedar Lake and Popp’s Ferry roads, and drainage is 80 percent complete on the project. All sewer has been installed […]

Gilich applauds first installment for broadband initiative

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said he was pleased to see Gov. Phil Bryant include $5 million of his pledged $15 million for broadband expansion among the monies designated for recovery projects from the BP oil spill. The governor announced Wednesday at a news conference that $54 million in projects had been selected for funding from […]

Forum to help identify historic buildings in Division, Main area

Local and community leaders are asking for the public’s help in identifying historic structures in the Division and Main streets. A community forum will be held Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Our Mother of Sorrows School, 800 Division St. “This is an area that has been considered historic for a long […]

Gilich congratulates D’Iberville on Scarlet Pearl opening

With promises of support and words of encouragement, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich this morning congratulated the City of D’Iberville on the opening of the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort. “Our friends in D’Iberville have worked so hard for so long for this day, and we share in their excitement about the potential of Scarlet Pearl not […]

City to create master plan for Woolmarket utilities

The City of Biloxi this week begins advertising for engineers to design drainage plans for a section of East Woolmarket Road, but, more importantly says, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, the city is also advertising for qualified engineers to work on a master plan for utilities and infrastructure in the Woolmarket and Eagle Point areas. Proposals […]

Now is the time to help Santa Wears a Badge program

The Biloxi Police Department’s Santa Wears a Badge program, which provides Christmastime toys for children and treats for seniors, is entering its final week, and, as usual, demand is outpacing supply. For years, the Biloxi Police have organized a toy drive providing for children up to age 11, and in recent years the program has […]

Christmas parades by land and sea, plus much more

Biloxi will have land and water Christmas parades this weekend, along with the lighting of the Town Green and a downtown arts and crafts fair. The Children’s Christmas Walking Parade this evening at 6 kicks off the weekend. A fire truck carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus will be the main attraction of the parade, which […]

Detailed updates available on road work

The city’s Public Works Department is now publishing detailed monthly reports on the infrastructure work in east Biloxi, providing residents an easy-to-read status report on work in their particular neighborhood. The reports, in map form, are based on the monthly pay requests from contractor Oscar Renda Contracting, which means they will show progress for the […]

Council OKs property sale for Hilton Garden Inn

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in Community Development , the Biloxi City Council approved the sale of surplus property on Beach Boulevard to hotel developers for the construction of a Hilton Garden Inn. The hotel development will be located on the former specialty hospital property, east of the old Santa Maria Del Mar. The […]

Get this: Katrina story is helping fight homelessness

A new holiday project by the Open Doors Homeless Coalition is using Hurricane Katrina to help fight homelessness on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Through an arrangement with the City of Biloxi and Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, the Open Doors Homeless Coalition, an advocacy group dedicated to ending homelessness, is offering to ship two Katrina books […]

Lighthouse dons its Christmas best Thursday night

It all began with a 50-year-old photo of a Christmas-garbed Biloxi Lighthouse, and Thursday night revelers can take part in a new Biloxi tradition: the Christmas lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The ceremony, where Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will flip a switch to energize red and silver garlands draped from the top of the 64-foot […]

Biloxi one of seven in U.S. to receive Main Street ‘Refresh’

Main Street Biloxi District was one of seven programs selected from across the United States to serve as demonstration sites for a refreshed approach to comprehensive community revitalization and preservation-based economic development, it was announced Wednesday. Biloxi, Philadelphia (Penn.), Milledgeville (Ga.), Detroit (Mich.), Gary (Ind.), Lexington (Ky.) and Miami (Fla.) were named by the National […]

Lighthouse dons its Christmas best Thursday night

It all began with a 50-year-old photo of a Christmas-garbed Biloxi Lighthouse, and Thursday night revelers can take part in a new Biloxi tradition: the Christmas lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The ceremony, where Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will flip a switch to energize red and silver garlands draped from the top of the 64-foot […]

New signals go in service this evening at Cedar-Popp’s

The new cantilevered traffic signals at the Cedar-Popp’s intersection, part of the project of widen Popp’s Ferry Road, will be installed tonight beginning at 10 o’clock. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area, as flagmen and electrical workers will be working in and near the roadway. The work, incidentally, is being done late […]

Library to unveil exhibit on WWII veteran Louis Hengen

The Local History and Genealogy Department at the Biloxi Public Library will host a salute to World War II veteran and Biloxi native Louis Hengen during a program on Saturday at 3 p.m. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, covers five years of the life of Hengen who served before and during […]

City Council meets twice on Tuesday

The Biloxi City Council has called a special meeting for Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. to discuss issues involving infrastructure work in east Biloxi, and the council will have its regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be at City Hall and are open to the public. The 4:30 meeting will be in an […]

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 holiday 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 bwescovich@biloxi.ms.us. 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 […]