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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 […]

‘Katrina +10’ sees numbers increasing

The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is just over two months away – 64 days, in fact – and this weekend the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s “Katrina +10 exhibit” is expected to begin its steady increase in visitors through Aug. 29, says Kevin O’Brien, manager of the east Biloxi museum. The exhibition saw its 10,000th […]

Commission OKs hotel design at Magic site

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, The Architectural/Historical Review Commission voted unanimously to approve the design for the exterior improvements to the former Casino Magic Structure. AHRC approval was necessary since the property is located in the Point Cadet Historic District. Phase 1 of the development will have 373 hotel […]

Biloxi’s Katrina sculptures to get new life

The Ohr-O’Keefe’s “Katrina +10” exhibition announced today what may be one of its most high-profile undertakings, the restoration of the Katrina sculpture trail in Biloxi. The east Biloxi art museum, along with corporate underwriters and volunteers, is hosting a five-day visit by Marlin Miller, the Fort Walton Beach, Fla., sculptor who created most of the […]

Scrapin’ by: Traffic volume, delays growing on U.S. 90

Heavy, slow-moving Scrapin’ the Coast traffic on U.S. 90 is adding as much as 45 minutes to an hour to travel times, according to Police Chief John Miller, and traffic should be getting even heavier later today. “It’s picked up considerably in the last couple of hours, especially between White Avenue and the Coliseum,” Miller […]

Hiller Park movie, Scrapin’ on tap; other news and notes

The Friends of Hiller Park and the city will present the outdoor movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2” this evening at Hiller Park, and you’ll find the weekend dominated by Scrapin’ the Coast and the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth. The Hiller Park movie, the first of this year, begins at dusk, or around 7:30 […]

Planning OKs vacation of portion of Anglada Street

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve an application from IP Casino Resort to vacate the northern 507’ of Anglada Street, south of Bayview. The application was approved on the condition that IP would provide an 18 foot wide paved connector road from Fayard street  to […]

City to introduce new logo, branding

The City of Biloxi will be rolling out a fresh new logo over the next several weeks. The new logo uses the city’s signature landmark, the iconic Biloxi Lighthouse, stylized in a modern interpretation with a bold, readable font proclaiming “Biloxi,” with an underline that accentuates the city’s rich history, “established 1699.” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” […]

Biloxi seeks voice in power company rate request

The City of Biloxi has filed a request with the state Public Service Commission asking to have a say in Mississippi Power’s request for rate increases related to the Kemper County project. In the motion to intervene in the power company’s new case, Biloxi City Attorney Gerald Blessey pointed out that the city, its businesses […]

‘K10’ to focus on restoration of passenger rail service

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s “Katrina +10” retrospective will bring together a group of passenger rail authorities Wednesday evening to discuss the possible return of passenger rail service to the Gulf Coast. The free event, titled “Y’all Aboard,” will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd. “Y’all Aboard” […]

Summer fair heads into final weekend

The Mississippi Coast Coliseum Summer Fair rolls into its final weekend, with plenty of carnival rides, live shows, contests and headline entertainment. Gate admission is $5 on Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Meantime, you’ll find the summer show Yaye at the Beau Rivage, the Happy […]

Walmart plans reviewed; other development news

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director The economic development report for this week will actually cover the past two week period. The building plans review for the New Walmart Neighborhood Market on Popp’s Ferry Road has been completed. The contractor is hoping to start the project before the end of this month, with a projected completion date of […]

Gilich committee focuses on new Keesler gate

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has announced the formation of an ad hoc committee to secure the necessary funding to create a new, secure Division Street gateway into Keesler Air Force Base. “This is No. 1 on my list of priorities,” Gilich said. “We must move the gate to Division Street to strengthen the base’s security […]

City officially dedicates downtown bike lanes

Downtown Biloxi officially picked up 200 new public parking spaces and two miles of bike lanes when Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich cut a ribbon this morning. The city’s Public Works Department, after considering years of studies, recommendations and the arrival of MGM Park, last week began re-striping Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Reynoir […]

Gilich: ‘Thank you for making it a great weekend’

“I thought everything went great,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says of the Biloxi weekend that saw its share of huge events: the inaugural Shuckers home game at the brand-new MGM Park, the Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival, an outdoor concert at Harrah’s Great Lawn, and the summer fair at the Coast Coliseum. “I […]

Let the Shuck Dynasty begin

Everything’s a go for Saturday, with the Game Day Experience scheduled for the Vieux Marche throughout the afternoon and the first pitch later that evening in MGM Park,  the new home of the Biloxi Shuckers. The free Game Day Experience, featuring your chance to meet the Shuckers team and coaches, begins at 12:45 and runs […]

MGM Park will host American Star Field

When the Biloxi Shuckers take the field at MGM Park for the first time Saturday night, they’ll be playing on vodka: American Star vodka. Overtime Sports and the city announced today a field naming rights deal in which the field at MGM Park will be known as “American Star Field,” sponsored by American Star Vodka. […]

Meanwhile, down at Point Cadet: A Blessed event

Perhaps overlooked amid the hoopla over MGM Park and the arrival of the Biloxi Shuckers is one of the city’s and state’s most-cherished of traditions:  the Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival. You’ll have a chance to whet your appetite with some of the best seafood dishes around in the Mississippi Department of […]

MGM Park: What you need will be there

So, to be sure, there’s a great deal of interest in the inaugural game at MGM Park, but how much of the park will be open since it’s hosting its first game two months ahead of schedule? Good news, says Tim Bennett: Just about every place the general public needs to go will be open. […]

Georgia visitors put ‘Katrina +10’ past 10,000 mark

Two special education school bus drivers from Georgia pushed the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s “Katrina +10” past the 10,000 mark this afternoon. Tracey Lewis of Grayson, Ga., and Amy Somers of Loganville, Ga., were visitors No. 10,000 and 10,001 and were presented with Ohr-O’Keefe tote bags, posters, and copies of “Katrina +10: The Commemorative Photo […]

Game Day announces musical headliners

Upbeat funk, heavy on brass, will rock Biloxi’s Game Day Experience Saturday afternoon. Two high energy funk bands will entertain an expected crowd of more than 6,000 during Game Day Experience, which is a Main Street Biloxi event presented by the Beau Rivage. Billed as the Ultimate Tailgate Party, the Game Day Experience will be […]

Gilich seeks Council OK for MGM Park deal

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will ask the City Council to add four items to its meeting agenda to follow up on the agreement to open MGM Park for its first game on Saturday. The mayor is also revising two existing agenda items involving MGM Park – an agreement outlining revenue and maintenance for […]

Family fun day on tap at Hiller

Visitors to Hiller Park on Saturday will find a day of family activities including water slides, bounce houses. It’s all part of Family Fun Day at Hiller Park, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A $5 fee affords unlimited playtime for each child. Additionally, hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and other festival fare […]

Businesses, you can be a part of Game Day

Interested business sponsors and vendors who want to participate in Main Street Biloxi’s Game Day Experience on Saturday, June 6 in Downtown Biloxi have until 5 p.m. Monday, June 1 to reserve space. Business sponsorships are $100 and food vendor charges are $75. Sponsors and vendors will be allotted a 10-foot-by10-foot space to provide their […]

Get ready for the ultimate Game Day Experience

Main Street Biloxi announced today that it will celebrate the first home game of the Biloxi Shuckers on Saturday, June 6, by staging the Game Day Experience, presented by the Beau Rivage. Billed as the ultimate tailgate party for the thousands of fans expected to attend the first Shuckers game in MGM Park, the Game […]

Council approves Reunion Place subdivision

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the city council voted to approve Reunion Place Subdivision-Phase 1. The new development is located on the north side of Brodie Road east of Cedar Lake, and when complete will have 38 single family homes and 46 townhomes. Phase 1 will include 8 single family houses […]

No shucking: Gilich says let’s ‘Play Ball’ June 6

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced today it’s time to play ball on June 6. The mayor said an agreement is now in place to open MGM Park for the June 6 Biloxi Shuckers home game against the Mobile Bay Bears. “I’m pleased to announce that we’ve been able to reach an agreement with the Biloxi […]

Biloxi stadium: How we got where we are today

Here is a timeline of events involving construction of the downtown baseball stadium: 2012 – Gov. Bryant works with baseball ownership group to identify suitable site and potential financing for baseball stadium in Biloxi. May 30, 2013 – Gov. Bryant announces $15 million BP grant to the city for construction of a minor league stadium […]

No ‘play ball’ on June 6 for MGM Park

Presented with the prospect of paying at least $300,000 to have MGM Park ready for an early opening June 6 with no guarantee that the work could be done in time, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced today that the City of Biloxi will instead work with Yates Construction toward an opening before Aug 4. “I […]

Council OKs Blessey as city attorney

The Biloxi City Council this afternoon voted 6-0 to approve Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s nomination of Gerald Blessey as city attorney. The vote was unanimous, save Councilmember Paul Tisdale, who was absent from the meeting. In his mayor’s report at the outset of the meeting, Gilich outlined his support for Blessey: “As I’ve discussed with […]

‘Katrina +10’ has huge week in offing

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s “Katrina +10” exhibition, on the cusp of welcoming its 10,000th visitor to the east Biloxi museum, is heading into one of the busiest weeks of its six-month run. This week, the museum hosts presentations by Bay St. Louis native, author and former CNN journalist Kathleen Koch, former Bay St. Louis […]

Gilich, wife welcome governor

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and his wife Serena welcomed a special visitor to their home Friday. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant dropped by to meet with the mayor and discuss matters of importance to both Biloxi and the state. Bryant congratulated Mayor Gilich on his impressive victory in the recent special election, and the two spent […]

Holiday weekend fare: Family fun, music and more

West End Hose Co. No. 3 has a weekend of family fun on the Town Green, with a “Jump Into Summer” festival. You’ll find bounce houses, food, carnival games, and, of course, big red fire trucks and real-live firefighters. It all happens Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meantime, music fills the […]

Gilich nominates Blessey as city attorney

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich next week will ask the Biloxi City Council to approve the appointment of former Mayor Gerald Blessey as city attorney. Blessey has practiced law in Biloxi for 49 years, with several intervals for public service, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi Law School and Master of […]

Gilich gives blueprint for future of Biloxi

Andrew “FoFo” Gilich this evening received four standing ovations from an inauguration ceremony audience of nearly 700, including three former mayors. And then he delivered his speech, which prompted a fifth ovation. Gilich, who succeeds Biloxi’s longest-serving Mayor A.J. Holloway, gave his enthusiastic audience a blueprint of his vision for Biloxi: economic development initiatives, focusing […]

Gilich makes first speech, with capital R

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich was labeled today in his first speaking engagement  since taking office Monday morning  – and like his childhood nickname, the label stuck. As he was approaching the  podium to speak to Harrison County Republican Club luncheon at the Great Southern Club in Gulfport, advertising executive Ted Riemann, who helmed Gilich’s […]

Biloxi’s new mayor already on the job

His inauguration is not until Wednesday afternoon, but Mayor-elect Andrew “FoFo” Gilich wanted to begin the workweek early, so this morning he became Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. Clare Sekul Hornsby, a longtime Biloxi attorney and the mayor-elect’s 93-year-old aunt, administered the oath of office to Mayor Gilich this morning shortly after 8, as family, friends […]

City Council meeting: New mayor, new location

Plenty of change will be evident come City Council meeting time Tuesday: Mayor-elect Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will be attending his first meetings as mayor, and the meetings will be conducted at the Biloxi Civic Center while the elevator is repaired at City Hall. The council will have two meetings on Tuesday: a special-called 11 a.m. […]

Hidden Springs gets DEQ approval

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, Hidden Springs received DEQ approval, and obtained the site preparation permit for the proposed 411 lot single family phased subdivision to be located in north Biloxi off Woodland Hills Drive. Infrastructure plans are being finalized and should be submitted to our engineering department sometime next week. Also […]

Seafood museum to host wooden boat show

Nearly 60 wooden vessels, boats of all shapes and sizes, will be on display this weekend for the annual Billy Creel Memorial Wooden & Classic Boat Show. The affair takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Schooner Pier Complex, which is on U.S. 90 in east Biloxi, south of Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Hours are […]

History program to visit Lodge, French Club

This week’s “Thursdays in May” offering will focus on two Point Cadet cultural institutions: the Slavic Benevolent Association of St. Nikoli and the Fleur de Lis Society, or, as locals know them, the Slavonian Lodge and the French Club. Thursday’s free affair, which is scheduled to run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will be a […]

Gilich appoints Kirkland to oversee transition

Mayor-elect Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has named F. Cliff Kirkland as head of his transition team. Kirkland is a former newspaperman, Biloxi city administrator and casino executive. He is a consultant specializing in government affairs, development and marketing/public relations. Kirkland also is the current president of Main Street Biloxi and is under contract with the city […]

Gilich wins mayor’s election with 60 percent of vote

“FoFo” Gilich captured 60 percent of the 7,253 votes counted in today’s special election to succeed A.J. Holloway, Biloxi’s longest-serving mayor. Gilich won nine of the city’s 10 voting precincts, losing only Woolmarket by two votes to W.S. “Windy” Swetman III. The numbers – without affidavit ballots included – were 4,319 votes (59.54 percent) for […]

Shuckers may have been premature in June 6 date

Biloxi Acting Mayor Robert L. Deming III believes that the Biloxi Shuckers may have jumped the gun in announcing a June 6 start date for baseball games at MGM Park. Deming this afernoon said he was surprised by the announcement, and that there are no guarantees of having the stadium play-ready for June 6 without […]

Final preparations underway for election

Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker today has been checking and re-checking voting supplies that will be used at the city’s 10 polling places in the mayoral election on Tuesday. Voting precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the election where “FoFo” Gilich faces W.S. “Windy” Swetman III in a runoff to succeed […]

Katrina Conversation: The state of gaming

The Gulf Coast gaming industry has witnessed its share of expansions and contractions before and since Katrina, and the changes are continuing to occur. Find out where we were, what happened and where we’re headed in a special Katrina conversation, “All bets are …,” on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m.  at the IP Casino […]

Last round of absentee voting is Saturday

City Hall will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon for the final round of absentee voting for the runoff election for mayor on Tuesday, and any absentee ballots that are being mailed to City Hall must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. Biloxi voters, electing a new mayor for the first time in […]

Council OKs Boomtown RV park

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the City Council voted unanimously to approve the expansion of the Boomtown Casino RV park. The 49 proposed  RV sites in the expanded park were designed around the existing trees and will have extensive landscaping. Each site will have individual utility hookups for electricity, water and […]

Weekly history series kicks off Thursday

Biloxi launches a month-long trip down memory lane on Thursday  with the kickoff of the eighth annual Thursdays in May program. This event, held annually in observance of National Preservation Month, takes place each of the five Thursdays in May, and kicks off with a scavenger hunt in downtown Biloxi. You’ll also find events on […]

Biloxi casinos pass $2 billion mark in taxes paid

Biloxi’s casino gaming industry, which marked its 20th anniversary in 2012, achieved a milestone without much fanfare last month: The industry crossed the $2 billion-dollar mark in taxes paid to state and local governments. Gaming figures compiled by the city, based on state collection of $16.6 billion in revenue from Biloxi casinos, show the casino […]

Council adds Magic site to tax abatement zone

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development the Biloxi City Council voted unanimously to add the former Casino Magic property and structure to the tax abatement district. This action will allow the developers of the property to apply for a tax abatement on any improvements made to the existing structure that will increase the […]

City Hall open Saturday for absentee balloting

City Hall will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon for absentee voting to be conducted for the May 12 runoff election for mayor, according to Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker. Absentee votes also may be cast Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall, which is at 140 Lameuse St., […]

911 tapes to help tell the Katrina story Friday

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller will use actual 911 tapes from the height of Hurricane Katrina during his Katrina Café presentation Friday at lunchtime, but, more importantly, Miller will tell audience members what the department learned from those experiences and how it is better prepared today. The luncheon, part of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s […]