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May 2: Development report: April was a promising month

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director April 2014 turned out to be another promising month for permitting and economic development in Biloxi. For the month, we issued 265 building permits for a total construction valuation of $7.5 million. We are continuing to review the building plans for phase one of the baseball stadium. Building plans for […]

Weekend preview: Wishing for Golden opportunities

Golden Nugget, the newest drawing card in Biloxi, ushers in a new era of gaming this weekend with its expanded gaming area and a poolside show by Cowboy Mouth. In town this weekend you’ll also find a Make-a-Wish 5K run in downtown Biloxi — runners will be wearing super hero costumes — and casino resort […]

Section of Howard to close for stadium work

A one-block section of Howard Avenue – between Caillavet and Bohn streets – will be closed Monday through Friday next week for utility installation related to construction at MGM Park at Beau Rivage. The work will begin Monday at 7 a.m., contractors say, and the road will be closed until Friday at 5 p.m. However, […]

Finally Friday! kicks off at 5 o’clock

Musician Brennan Roybal will be entertaining for today’s Finally Friday celebration in downtown Biloxi, from 5 to 8 p.m., near Peresich Park, just south of Biloxi Regional Medical Center. “We’re hoping people will come out and see the great specials at downtown businesses, which will be  open late for this event,” says Kay Miller, director […]

Biloxi firefighters respond to tornado-stricken area

Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney reports that six Biloxi firefighters were deployed to Louisville, Miss., this morning at 1 as part of Task Force 3, a team of south Mississippi emergency responders under the direction of MEMA. The team is performing search-and-rescue missions in the tornado-stricken town of about 6,600 residents southwest of Starkville. “The […]

You’ll see a number of firsts at this year’s Preservation in May

This year’s Preservation in May series will feature a number of firsts: A visit to Cedar Lake island, a visit from First Lady Deborah Bryant, and the opening of the state’s first school museum. The five-week program, which takes place each Thursday in May, kicks off Thursday with a visit to Cedar Lake Island, which […]

The fun’s by land and by sea this weekend

Talk about a jam-packed weekend: There’s the Coliseum Crawfish Music Festival up the beach, high-speed boat races up and down the beach, there’s an outdoor movie on the Town Green, the Biloxi 5K and 1-Mile Trek downtown, and the Great American Cleanup taking place throughout the city. Also in town this weekend are comedian Bill […]

April 25: Development report: Yet another active week

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week has proven to be another active period in the Community Development Department. On Wednesday we received the first package of building  plans and specifications for the new minor league baseball stadium. Once the plans are approved by our plans examiner, and the Biloxi Fire Department, a building permit will […]

Fire Academy for Kids opens registration

The Biloxi Fire Department is now taking applications from youngsters for its hugely popular Fire Academy for Kids. The program is a free, five-day participatory program for children agbes 7 to 12 and is conducted at the at Fire Station No. 1, at 170 Porter Ave., and at the West End Hose Company #3 Fire Museum, at […]

Lovelace named volunteer of year

  Shirley Lovelace, a retired special needs teacher who has been a Special Olympics for more than 20 years, has been named the City of Biloxi’s Distinguished Volunteer of the Year. Lovelace, who was described as a “behind-the-scenes worker” who has volunteers for hundreds of hours, topped a list of dozens of individuals, civic groups […]

Southern end of I-110 to close Sunday morning

The section of Interstate 110 south of Division Street in Biloxi will be closed to all traffic Sunday morning from 7 to 10 while Mississippi Power relocates a power pole because of construction at MGM Park at Beau Rivage. Since the southern end of Caillavet Street is also closed to traffic, motorists will be diverted […]

Citywide cleanup is Saturday morning

Calling all volunteers. The City of Biloxi has selected Saturday, April 26 as Great American Cleanup Day, a chance for volunteers to help make Biloxi clean and green. Individuals, businesses, organizations, church and civic groups are asked to select a specific area and make plans to clean that area Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. […]

Weekend preview: Crawfish and spring breakers

Ready for the weekend? The Coliseum Crawfish Music Festival kicks off this evening and there maybe another contingent of spring breakers cruising the beachfront this weekend. You’ll find a host of carnival rides, music headliners, and, of course, mounds of crawfish beginning this evening and through Sunday and again next weekend for the Coliseum’s annual […]

Southern end of Caillavet to close for 30 days

Contractors with Yates Construction Co. have announced that the southern end of Caillavet Street, from Howard Avenue to U.S. 90, will be closed for 30 days beginning Thursday, but the city has mandated that businesses in that two-block stretch be accessible. The closure is to allow the installation of water, sewer and drainage lines to […]

Biloxi, Gulfport come to terms on annexation case

The cities of Biloxi and Gulfport have reached an agreement that will end several years of annexation litigation and will see Biloxi annexing the easternmost part of property that was in dispute. Under the agreement, property owned by Pitcher Point Investments will become part of Biloxi, and Gulfport will end its appeal of its 2011 […]

Easter eggs, summer playground sign ups and more

Biloxi’s Parks and Recreation is in full gear this time of year, and Saturday is a good indication of just how busy things are: There’s an Easter egg hunt again this weekend, registration kicks off in Woolmarket for the summer camp program, and baseball and softball are continuing at the A.J. Holloway Sports Complex. You […]

Summer playground registration begins this weekend

The City of Biloxi will begin filling openings for the annual Summer Playground and Enrichment Program.  Registration for Woolmarket area residents will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon at Woolmarket Elementary School Gym, 12513 John Lee Road, and for Biloxi residents on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at […]

April 11: Development report: Walmart market, Steak & Shake

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development our department issued the building permit for the New Walmart Neighborhood Market, a $4.2 million dollar project to be located on Pass Road just west of Our Lady of Fatima Church. This retail grocery store will be over 41,000 square feet and will have […]

‘Black Beach Weekend,’ heavy traffic in offing this weekend

Motorists traveling U.S. 90 in Biloxi can see barricades pre-positioned near U.S. 90 intersections, a signal that spring break and a flurry of traffic could be in the offing this weekend. According to the website Biloxi Black Beach Weekend, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum will be hosting a Friday evening concert featuring Mario, Pastor Troy and […]

Time running out for volunteer nominations

Those interested in nominating an individual, organization or business for the upcoming Volunteer Recognition Ceremony have until Thursday to turn in forms. All nominees and winners will be recognized on Tuesday, April 22,  when the city holds the 31st Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at the Biloxi Civic Center. If you are interested in nominating an individual, […]

It’s big, just not that big

The Bmail published Friday afternoon touting the city’s upcoming work in east Biloxi incorrectly reported the expected price of the work.  The expected price of work is $120 million, not $180 million. The actual figure will be known Wednesday, April 9, when the city will open bids submitted from interested contractors. Marvin G. Dalla Rosa, the man […]

Infrastructure program to hit milestone next week

Biloxi’s massive infrastructure undertaking – the $355 million federally-funded initiative to replace underground utilities in the areas hardest hit by Katrina – will reach a milestone next week when bids are opened for what is expected to be the largest phase of the project: the area of east Biloxi north of the CSX railway. HNTB, […]

City Easter egg hunts kick off Saturday

Dozens of families are expected to gather at Hiller Park on Saturday for the citywide Easter Egg Hunt, the first of three weekends of city-sponsored egg hunts. A second is planned in Woolmarket next weekend, and a third is planned on the Town Green for special needs residents. The Hiller and Woolmarket events are open […]

April 4: Development report: Baseball and another Waffle House

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the demolition and site work have begun for the new baseball stadium. The contractor has made a tremendous amount of progress removing trees, demolishing structures and removing paving materials. Also, construction began this week in west Biloxi  for the new Waffle House Restaurant to be […]

Weekend preview: Molly Ringwalds and more

The Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra says today’s thundershowers will not derail tonight’s Molly Ringwalds show and white linen affair at Point Cadet pavilion. The fund-raiser, which gives concertgoers a sneak peek at the new pavilion and park, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 at the door.  Naomi’s Catering will provide food and refreshments for […]

March 28: Development report: ‘a very active week’

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This has been a very active week in the Community Development Department. Building Permits have been issued for the renovations to the “Kress Building” ($750,000), the Green Space at the “Grand Casino” ($950,000) and the demolition and site work for the new Minor League Baseball Stadium ($600,000). Building plans […]

Reminder: Infrastructure meeting tonight at North Bay

Residents in the Cedar Lake subdivision and areas off Brasher Road are reminded about a meeting this evening to hear about massive infrastructure work coming to their neighborhoods. The public meeting is at 6 this evening at North Bay Elementary school. The $11.5 million infrastructure phase – one of the largest so far in the city’s on-going […]

Point Cadet pavilion to host first event Friday

There’s still some landscaping and a few odds and ends to be taken care of, but all indications are that the waterfront park at Point Cadet is going be a popular place for special events. The open-air pavilion at the site at the easternmost tip of the Biloxi peninsula hosts its first event this Friday when […]

Council to consider downtown property swap

The Magnolia Hotel, one of the oldest buildings in downtown Biloxi and home to the Mardi Gras Museum, could be getting more green space and the former Bombay Bicycle Club site would be more attractive for development if a proposed land swap is approved by the City Council on Tuesday. The measure is one of […]

March 21: Development report: Exciting announcements

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director There are a number of exciting announcements to make this week. The most important was the announcement of the agreement between Biloxi Boardwalk and Warner Gaming and Entertainment. Warner is an extremely well respected name in the gaming industry. This agreement will bring to fruition the renovation of the […]

Keesler reports $1.1 billion impact in FY ’13

Keesler’s total economic impact for Fiscal Year 2013 has been calculated at more than $1.1 billion. The figure was finalized as base officials completed the annual process of data assimilation and validation. “Those economic impact numbers are a reflection of the incredible dedication, talent and experience of each member of Team Keesler. We’re proud that […]

Indian Nation to take over Biloxi on Friday

Public schools in Biloxi are more than schools, they comprise an Indian Nation, according to students in the district, and this Friday and every Friday throughout April students, staff, businesses and the public are invited to show their Indian pride. The occasions will help make note of Biloxi Public Schools being named an A-rated school […]

Biloxi among Top 5 fun, affordable spring break destinations

A new compendium of “off-the-beaten path” and inexpensive spring break destinations includes Biloxi in its Top 5 destinations, along with such locales at the Caribbean, Vermont and Montreal. The new list from the website Cheapism.com – a site dedicated to finding the best cheap products and telling you where they are – says Biloxi is […]

Cedar Lake, Brasher Road areas to see infrastructure work

Biloxi’s massive infrastructure project is coming to Cedar Lake subdivision and areas off Brasher Road next month, and residents will have a chance to hear more about the work in a community meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 North Bay Elementary School. The $11.5 million project – one of the largest so far in […]

See photos from St. Paddy’s parade, Grillin’ on Green

Thousands of people, including Gov. Phil Bryant, turned out for the Hibernia Marching Society St. Patrick’s Day parade and Main Street’s Grillin’ on the Green. To see dozens of photos from the afternoon, as posted on the city’s Facebook page, click here.

Stadium project to see movement next week

The first hints of construction on the proposed MGM Park at Beau Rivage, the downtown baseball and entertainment venue, will be taking place next week, as the clock winds down to the 2015 baseball season. City Councilmembers will be asked to approve contracts for the initial site work at the proposed MGM Park at Beau […]

March 14: Development report: White House Hotel update

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the contractor for the White House Hotel completed the exterior painting for the newly enclosed western portion of the structure. It is well worth a trip to the site to see the progress being made, and to see how everything is beginning to come together. The columns for the western […]

Grillin’, paradin’ and runnin’ of the Green in downtown Biloxi

The eight annual Grillin’ on the Green takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Biloxi Town Green, and midway through the outdoor extravaganza, at 2 p.m., the Hibernia Marching Society’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade will pass by, making its way through downtown Biloxi. The parade begins at the Biloxi Yacht Club on […]

City seeks nominees for Sports Hall of Fame

The City of Biloxi is now seeking nominations for the 2014 class of the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame, which will be inducted in August. The Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame was created to identify and honor individuals who have significantly contributed to the betterment of athletics in the City of Biloxi, either through exemplary performance […]

Holloway: It’s time to turn the page

Mayor A.J. Holloway outlined a host of major initiatives, including the downtown baseball stadium and how 2014 would be the year of Point Cadet during his State of the City presentation today, but the most important message of this year’s address concerned a milestone the city and the Mississippi Gulf Coast would be marking next […]

State of the City presentation is Monday

Mayor A.J. Holloway will present his annual State of the City report on Monday during a Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce-sponsored luncheon at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino. Doors for the affair open at 11 a.m., and the program begins at 11:30 a.m. Besides Holloway’s multi-media presentation, the luncheon will include pre-program entertainment by […]

Visitors Center reception to honor two new local exhibits

The public is invited to an opening reception for two new exhibits at the Biloxi Visitors Center located at 1050 Beach Blvd. Thursday, March 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. In the lobby is an exhibit of works by well-known coast photographer Alex North.  A native of the Gulf Coast, he is an avid outdoorsman, gardener and […]

City unveils new web presence

The City of Biloxi today unveiled an upgrade of its award-winning web site and Bmail service. The new site, which keeps the address biloxi.ms.us, was designed by The Ad Group and was built by AGJ Systems, two local firms, and it is being hosted by the national firm godaddy.com. “Visitors to the site will find […]

Weekend preview: CoastCon, monster trucks and more

The Coast Coliseum and Convention Center hosts four big events this weekend: the annual CoastCon sci-fi gathering, a garden and patio show, a monster truck and tractor show, and a gun and knife show. You’ll also find “Chicago: The Musical” at the Beau Rivage, Eddie Money at the Golden Nugget, and 38 Special at the […]

March 7: Development report: Homes, parish life center

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director In a week abbreviated by Mardi Gras, we received building plans for six new houses, and for the New Parrish Life Center for St. Michael’s Church at 177  First Street. On Thursday, the Biloxi Planning Commission reviewed and approved an application from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission to vacate […]

Litter cleanup tells the story of Mardi Gras

Debris from Tuesday’s weather-hampered Fat Tuesday celebration, much like the Mardi Gras crowd itself, was about half of what it normally is each year, says Mike McDonnell, a supervisor in the city’s Public Works Department, and his crews were able to have most of it up by 11 this morning. A Public Works crew of […]

See dozens of parade photos

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says a crowd of about 35,000 turned out for the Fat Tuesday celebration in Biloxi, less than half the throng that would attend in more inviting weather. To see Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade photos posted Tuesday evening on the city’s Facebook page, click here. To see Neptune parade photos, […]

Litter cleanup tells the story of Mardi Gras

Debris from Tuesday’s weather-hampered Fat Tuesday celebration, much like the Mardi Gras crowd itself, was about half of what it normally is each year, says Mike McDonnell, a supervisor in the city’s Public Works Department, and his crews were able to have most of it up by 11 this morning. A Public Works crew of […]

Parade primer: Weather, route and safety, plus photos

The Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade, boasting a lineup of more than a hundred units, will begin rolling through the streets of downtown Biloxi at 1 this afternoon. The Krewe of Neptune, with 24 floats, rolls immediately afterward, around 3 p.m. The weather: The National Weather Service is forecasting a 70 percent chance of rain, […]

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 […]

Weekend preview: The march to Mardi Gras

Six Mardi Gras parades roll this weekend as the prelude to the big celebrations on Fat Tuesday. Don’t forget that on Monday, which is also known as Lundi Gras, there’s the Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade through downtown Biloxi. To read more about that 11 a.m. parade and see a link to a free registration […]

Economic development: permits, parking and approvals

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week the Community Development Department issued 49 building permits including one for the construction of a new parking lot for the Hard Rock Casino/Hotel. The parking lot is to be located on the former Windjammer Condominium property. Also this week, we received the building plans for the Beau […]

Council to get status report on infrastructure work

Mayor A.J. Holloway has called a special meeting for Tuesday at 11 a.m. so City Council members can be briefed on progress with the city’s infrastructure program, and Tuesday afternoon they will be asked to renew the infrastructure management contract with the firm HNTB. And on the agenda for Tuesday afternoon City Council meeting: a […]

Feb. 21: Economic development: Downtown interest

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director As the Baseball Stadium project moves forward, there continues to be increased interest in development for the downtown area. The Baseball Stadium Design is scheduled to go before Biloxi’s Architectural-Historical Review Commission on Thursday, February 27, at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Community Development Building […]

Weekend includes parades, boat show and symphony performance

Eight Mardi Gras parades roll this weekend – seven on Saturday and one on Sunday – all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and you’ll find a boat show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Also this weekend, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra presents “Strings on Fire” at the Saenger Theater, Tony Bennett performs at the Beau […]

Winners recognized in shoebox float contest

Mayor A.J. Holloway and Biloxi Public Schools Superintendent Arthur McMillan on Tuesday recognized the Mardi Gras float builders of tomorrow, the winners of the 16th annual Shoebox Float Contest. In the program, students from schools in Biloxi use shoe boxes to construct model Mardi Gras floats. The contest, which is designed to help perpetuate the […]

Yikes! Fire department sets house ablaze

As Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney spoke to the Lions Club about professionalism at lunchtime today, a group of his firefighters were setting fire to a house. Relax, it was all planned. After three weeks of training and preparation, the fire department set fire to a vacant house at 335 Main St. as a firefighting […]

School board announces make-up days

The Biloxi school board made it official at its meeting Tuesday night: Students in Biloxi Public Schools will have three make-up days because of the ice storm. New days for class are Friday, April 11; Tuesday, May 27; and Wednesday, May 28.

Feb. 14: Economic development update

By Jerry Creel Community Development Director This week the Community Development Department issued a Certificate of Occupancy for the 24-Hour Animal Hospital, a $2.3 million dollar construction project located at 8144 East Oaklawn, just south of I-10. The New Blue Crab Restaurant and The New Firehouse Subs Restaurants are now open for business. $1.6 million […]

State of the City at the halfway point

More than half of the 700 seats have been sold for the annual State of the City luncheon, which takes place March 10 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. Typically, a capacity audience is onhand for Mayor A.J. Holloway’s multi-media progress report on the myriad projects and initiatives underway in the city. Said Biloxi […]

Children’s parade seeks more entries

The City of Biloxi, the Mardi Gras Museum, and Gulf Coast Carnival Association invite children ages 12 and younger to participate in the annual children’s Mardi Gras walking parade on Lundi Gras, Monday, March 3. “This is a non-motorized parade,” said Kay Carter, the city’s downtown services manager. “Bikes, skates, skateboards, scooters and wagons are […]

Weekend entertainment: Ohr hosts ‘Adopt a Bowl’ Saturday

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is teaming with the Humane Society on Saturday for a program that involves local cuisine, music, children’s activities, and adoptable pets. It’s “Adopt a Bowl,” a program where local artists have created unique ceramic bowls that will be filled with food from a participating local restaurant. There’s no admission fee […]

Mayor speaks on baseball, bait shop and infrastructure

The new baseball stadium planned for downtown Biloxi is going to be about more than baseball, Mayor A.J. Holloway told a Biloxi Chamber audience this morning as he discussed the potential impact of the venture and updated a couple other city projects. “People talk about baseball, but that’s only part of the story. We need […]

Council to decide fate of proposed MGM Park this morning

The Biloxi City Council, in a special meeting this morning at 10:30, is expected to decide six measures involving the proposed MGM Park at Beau Rivage, including a resolution to borrow $21 million to construct the proposed downtown stadium and entertainment venue. A vote planned for last week was postponed because Councilmember Felix Gines was […]

Baseball group now working on moving team

By Cliff Kirkland With City Council approval of a $36 million stadium project formalized Tuesday, Biloxi Baseball, LLC will immediately begin the year-long process of moving the Hunstville (Ala.) Stars of the Double-A Southern League here in time for the 2015 season. The Stars are owned by Biloxi Baseball, which is headed by majority owner […]

Feb. 7: Economic development continues to flourish

By Jerry Creel Community Development Director This week, economic development in the City of Biloxi continued to flourish with the opening of the New Hard Rock Casino Hotel Tower. The Community Development Department also issued Certificates of Occupancy for the new Blue Crab Restaurant on Beach Boulevard, and the Firehouse Subs Restaurant at Pass Road […]

Community theater, music and more on tap this weekend

You’ll find a host of headliners in town this weekend — Crystal Gayle, Heart, Loverboy, Merle Haggard, and a Garth Brooks tribute show – plus there’s Mississippi Surge hockey, public ice skating and the Top of the Hops Beer festival at the Coast Coliseum. Meantime, two productions are on the boards at Biloxi community theaters: […]

Washington gets inaugural Public Works honor

Willie Washington has been named the inaugural Public Works Employee of the Month in a program where fellow employees vote for the employee that best represents the City of Biloxi’s Public Works Department. Willie has been employed with the city’s Public Works Department since June 1996. He is a valued member of the Janitorial Crew. […]

Asphalt work planned at Lameuse and Jackson streets

Downtown workers and motorists: Be careful where you park and travel Monday and Tuesday. The city’s Public Works Department on Monday morning at 8 plans to begin removing the top layer of asphalt on Jackson Street east and west of Lameuse Street before proceeding to Lameuse Street itself Monday afternoon and Tuesday. The work, weather […]

Jan. 31: Economic development continues to improve

(Henceforth, this report will be included each week in a Friday afternoon Bmail). By Jerry Creel Community Development Director Economic development continues to improve in Biloxi. During January 2014, we issued building permits for 6 new single family houses. Commercial building permits were issued for an addition and site improvements for Jeff Davis Elementary School, […]

BLT offers Boys Next Door; music reigns elsewhere

Biloxi Little Theater raises the curtain on its production of “Boys Next Door” at its Lee Street playhouse this Super Bowl weekend, and you’ll find Vince Gill in concert at the Beau Rivage, Aaron Lewis at the Hard Rock, John Hodges at the IP, and Little Queen, the Heart Tribute band, on stage at Margaritaville. […]

Council to consider stadium issues Tuesday evening

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday night is expected to decide five measures involving the proposed MGM Park at Beau Rivage, including a resolution to borrow $21 million to construct the proposed downtown stadium and entertainment venue. The stadium issue, which has been intermittently discussed and negotiated for months, will headline the agenda for the […]

All bridges in Biloxi now open

The Lorraine Road bridge is now open, meaning all bridges in Biloxi are now open. The Biloxi Bay Bridge, which connects Biloxi and Ocean Springs, was opened shortly after noon, and the Popp’s Ferry Bridge in west Biloxi was re-opened at noon. Weather forecast: To see the current conditions and weather advisories for Biloxi, from […]

Councilmembers receive reports on Seafood Museum, waterfront part

Architects and project managers for two high-profile Point Cadet projects, the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum and Biloxi Waterfront Park, presented status reports to the City Council this afternoon. To see the museum report, click here. To see the waterfront part report, click here.

Popp’s Ferry Bridge now open to traffic

The Popp’s Ferry Bridge re-opened to traffic at noon, after ice was cleared by city and county crews. Photos: See photos of the bridge-clearing work by clickng here.

Police close 67-15 interchange; other news and notes

Biloxi Police have closed the Mississippi 67 and Mississippi 15 interchange because of hazardous conditions. Public Works Director Dan Gaillet reports that Popp’s Ferry bridge will continue to be closed. Said Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols: “The bridge’s surface is a sheet of ice.” The Biloxi Bay Bridge remains closed, and I-110 south of Division […]

Biloxi municipal offices to re-open Thursday

All Biloxi departments and municipal offices will open at their usual time Thursday morning. Employees are expected to be at work at their appointed time, or as soon as safely possible.

Council to meet twice Thursday afternoon

The Biloxi City Council meeting scheduled for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to discuss social service spending will instead be held in the afternoon, after the council’s 1:30 p.m. meeting. “Technically, the morning meeting is canceled,” said Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols. “But we’ve scheduled a meeting for immediately after the 1:30 afternoon meeting to discuss […]

Police hope bridges can re-open mid-morning Thursday

The Popp’s Ferry Bridge, the Biloxi Bay Bridge, the Lorraine Road bridge and the section of I-110 south of Division Street will remain closed through the evening and as late as mid-morning Thursday, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said this evening. “The icy conditions make these bridges impossible to cross safely,” Miller said. “We’re hoping […]

Crews treat roads; police visiting homeless; residents asked to remain off roads

Biloxi Public Works crews this morning applied a mix of sand and salt to a half-dozen locations susceptible to icing, police officers are shelter rides to the homeless, and city leaders are recommending that motorists continue to limit travel as the city braced for colder weather. The Public Works staff had originally planned to begin […]

Popp’s Ferry bridge repaired, but will remained closed to traffic

City engineers have repaired the Popp’s Ferry bridge, but because of icy conditions, it will remained closed to vehicular AND marine traffic until at least 6 a.m. Wednesday. Barricades are now being installed at the north and south ends of the bridge, and marine interests are being notified of its closure.

Non-essential employees will not report Wednesday

Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols has announced that non-essential city employees will not report to work Wednesday, and non-emergency city departments and offices will remain closed Wednesday.

Police request residents to stay off roads

Most streets in Biloxi are now iced over, police report, and they are requesting that residents refrain from travel. “In fact,” says Police Chief John Miller, “road workers will not be working after dark, so conditions are only going to get worse. We’re asking people who must travel — and only those who must travel […]

Biloxi Bay, Lorraine Road bridges closed to traffic

The Biloxi Bay Bridge, the bridge that connects Biloxi and Ocean Springs, is now closed because of hazardous conditions. The Lorraine Road bridge has also been closed. Police also report that I-110 is closed south of Division Street. The Popp’s Ferry Bridge will remain closed to vehicular and marine traffic until at least 6 a.m. […]

City preparing for ice, snow; schools closed Tuesday, Wednesday

Biloxi Public Works crews are expected to begin laying a coat of sand on city bridges and roadways, MDOT plans to lay ice-melting salt on state bridges and overpasses, Biloxi police are beefing up traffic patrols, and the Biloxi Fire Department is positioning more equipment north of the bay to avoid having to cross bridges […]

Weather Service issues Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service in New Orleans has upgraded its Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning for ice and snow accumulations. The warning, which means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected or occurring, is in effect from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday. The warning also means travel will […]

Boil water notice issued for parts of west Biloxi

Residents on parts of six west Biloxi streets have been notified of a boil-water notice after two water main breaks. Impacted areas are Volterra Circle, Acadian Court, Linda Drive, Greenwood, Sherwood, Atkins, and George Walter Drive. Residents on Atkinson Road have also been notified after a water main break there. The city, following Mississippi Department […]

Biloxi to close non-emergency offices, facilities Tuesday

Non-essential city employees will not report to work Tuesday and all non-emergency city offices will be closed as a result of the expected severe winter weather, and the City Council meetings scheduled for Tuesday will be re-scheduled for later in the week. The decisions were made in a just-concluded City Hall meeting of key city […]

18 crossings to be impacted by work next week

Railway officials today reported to the city the following two-day rail crossing closures as part of railway upgrades: Monday: Eisenhower Tuesday: McDonald and Iberville Wednesday: White, Benachi, Querens, Gill Thursday: Hopkins, Bohn, Reynoir, Magnolia, Lameuse, Main, Nixon, Lee, Holley, Dorris, Oak Each crossing will be closed for two days and reopened on the third day.

Creedence, Pink Floyd tributes highlight weekend

This weekend’s entertainment offerings include Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Pink Floyd Laser shows at the Hard Rock, Plain White T’s at IP, Gallagher at the Golden Nugget and the local group Rhythm and Rain at Margaritaville. To read details on these shows and other entertaining events, as detailed online by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional […]

Council briefed on status of proposed baseball stadium

The architect and project manager who have been working on the proposed downtown baseball stadium updated City Councilmembers on the status of the project this morning, and one thing was clear: Getting construction underway is important in order to meet the beginning of the 2015 baseball season. “Let’s get out of the dugout,” Councilmember Kenny […]

Children’s parade seeks registrants

The City of Biloxi, the Mardi Gras Museum, and Gulf Coast Carnival Association invite children ages 12 and younger to participate in the annual children’s Mardi Gras walking parade on Lundi Gras, Monday, March 3. “This is a non-motorized parade,” said Kay Carter, the city’s downtown services manager. “Bikes, skates, skateboards, scooters and wagons are […]

State of the City seats now available from Biloxi Bay chamber

The Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce is now selling seats for the annual State of the City luncheon, which takes place Monday, March 10 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. During the annual affair, which typically is presented to a capacity audience, Mayor A.J. Holloway presents information on a variety of city projects and […]

Weekend preview: Coliseum to host rodeo, Running of the Bulls this weekend

The Mississippi Coast Coliseum will borrow a tradition from Spain this weekend when the Biloxi arena hosts its own version of Running with the Bulls, an attraction being produced in conjunction with the annual Professional Cowboys Association rodeo finals. The Coliseum’s extravaganza, where amateurs run with the bulls and professional cowpokes will be competing for […]

Biloxi Fire Department names deputy chief of operations

Jeff Merrill, who this year marks his 20th year with the Biloxi Fire Department, has been named the department’s deputy chief of operations and combat. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney made the announcement, filling the final position in the command staff of the 148-member department. As deputy chief for operations and combat, Merrill, 48, will […]

Baseball plans expected to move forward next week

Architects and engineers will brief members of the Biloxi City Council about details of the proposed downtown baseball stadium in a special meeting Tuesday at 10 a.m. at City Hall, and on Thursday at 2 p.m. a ground-breaking ceremony is planned at the stadium site, at the foot of Caillavet Street. The Tuesday morning meeting […]

Main Street seeks entries for Grillin’ on the Green

Biloxi Main Street is now seeking entries for the eighth annual Grillin’ On The Green, a daylong festival that takes place Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Biloxi’s Town Green. The event takes place on the same day at the Hibernia Society’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which passes by the […]

Southern League announces Biloxi baseball team

The relocation of the Huntsville Stars to Biloxi took a significant step forward on Friday as the Southern League announced it has approved the sale of the franchise. To become final, the transaction also must be approved by Major League and Minor League Baseball. To read the entire story, from the Southern League baseball site, […]

Meet the director of the city’s Public Works Department

This week’s City Desk webcast introduces Dan Gaillet (say “guy-a”), who, as the new Public Works director, has a wealth of experience and a host of ideas to bring to the department that he says is vital to the quality of life in Biloxi. To hear this week’s nine-minute program, which also features Chief Administrative […]

Weekend preview: A diverse lineup of music and more

Among the headliners in town this weekend are Daughtry, Ron White, Burt Bacharach, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, and Simply Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band. To read details on these shows and other entertaining events, as detailed online by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here. Meet Dan Gaillet, […]

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