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Biloxi to see three fireworks shows this year

For the Fourth of July this year, Biloxi will have more fireworks in the sky and less on the ground. That’s because the city will see three fireworks shows – one on Sunday, and two on Monday, the Fourth of July itself. This year, you’ll see fireworks shows on Back Bay, courtesy of the IP Casino Resort […]

Popp’s Ferry Road to see lane shifts

Motorists traveling the Popp’s Ferry Road area where widening is underway will see lane shifts beginning Monday morning, signaling a major milestone in progress. No detours are planned, but traffic cones and barrels will mark shifts of travel lanes, which will take place from Cedar Lake Road to Lamey Street. The Popp’s Ferry work has […]

Nichols accepts schools post; Gilich to nominate Tisdale as CAO

Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols has accepted an administrative post with Biloxi Public Schools, and, as a result, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich plans to nominate City Councilman Paul A. Tisdale to be the city’s new chief administrative officer. Before being elected to represent west Biloxi in 2013, Tisdale led Biloxi Public Schools with a […]

Seniors dance to show patriotic spirit

The Parks and Recreation Department will host a “Salute to the Military” Seniors Patriotic Dance on Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Donal Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Rd. Adults ages 55 and older are invited to dress in patriotic attire, put on a pair of dancing shoes and enjoy an afternoon of music, […]

Scrapin’ will dominate U.S. 90 this weekend

Electronic billboards and barricades have been positioned at high profile locations and intersections on U.S. 90 signaling the approach of the annual “Scrapin’ the Coast” and heavy traffic. “Scrapin’,” a car show that bills itself as “the wildest show on the Coast,” returns to Biloxi Friday through Sunday, and Biloxi leaders are asking participants to […]

New Lorraine Road bridge opens to traffic Friday

The new Lorraine Road bridge, 10 times longer than the old bridge and twice as wide, opens Friday, months ahead of schedule, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says it’s the bridge to the future. The $7.5 million bridge, which crosses the Biloxi River and connects Biloxi and Gulfport, was funded by the Mississippi Department of […]

City recognizes employees for longevity

The City of Biloxi recognized a host of employees for longevity during the June 21 city council meeting. Those recognized were: 40 years of service: Glenda Carmel, Police Department 35 years of service: Mary Cruthirds, Parks and Recreation Department; and Jasna Yenewine, Public Works Department 25 years of service: Woody Alexander and John McDonnell, Public […]

Council, mayor to discuss La Quinta today

The issue of the La Quinta Inn and Suites, the hotel planned for front beach between Hopkins Boulevard and Seal Avenue, will be discussed this afternoon in a special meeting immediately after the 1:30 City Council meeting. No votes are expected to be taken during the session, which is at City Hall and open to […]

Sun shines on Margaritaville Thursday

The family-oriented destination resort Margaritaville opens on Point Cadet on Thursday and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says it will help capture a new audience for Biloxi. “In the two days I’ve been off since I was mayor I visited a family-oriented spot like this, and I have to say this one is very competitive,” said […]

New subsurface going in on Back Bay Boulevard

The reconstruction of Back Bay Boulevard has begun. The four-lane, mile-long boulevard that connects Oak Street with I-110 has been a dusty, unkempt four-lane trail since August of last year when Oscar Renda Contracting says design flaws halted work on the roadway. Today, however, with new sewer and drainage pipes in place, workers have begun […]

Weekend preview: Summertime dance, Juneteenth and more

Weekend events will kick off tonight with an “Aloha to Summertime” dance at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center.  The Parks and Recreation Department will present a free special needs party and dance this evening from 6 to 9 at the Community Center, 2520 Pass Road. Physically and mentally challenged children and adults and […]

East Biloxi infrastructure work nears halfway point

The east Biloxi infrastructure work, which involves replacing 650,000 feet of water mains, sewer and storm drain lines under 55 miles of streets, is approaching the halfway point. A report issued by the city’s Engineering Department last week showed that as of April 25 contractor Oscar Renda had completed 40 percent of the overall work, […]

Hiller Park playground receives a makeover

Visitors to Hiller Park will soon have a new, larger playgrounds to enjoy. Wednesday morning, members of the Ruiz Contracting Solutions group began dismantling the almost 30 year old playground equipment in preparation for a new accessible play system. “I am beyond elated,” Parks and Recreation Director Cheryl Bell said. “We have received the playground equipment […]

Saints Hall of Fame Scramble Golf Tournament spots available

Some playing spots are still available for the July 8 Saints Hall of Fame scramble golf tournament at Fallen Oak. The cost is $1,000 per four-man team. Each team will also be assigned a Saints Hall of Famer or current Saints player in order to field a five-member team for the 18-hole competition. Food and […]

Saints Experience tickets now on sale

Tickets for the Kids Saints Experience and Saints Hall of Fame Road Show at MGM Park on Saturday, July 9 are now on sale at the MGM Park box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets for the Kids Saints Experience are limited to 500 participants for each of the two 75-minute training camp sessions, which […]

Fire Academy celebrates graduates, sponsors

A total of 73 youngsters ages 7 to 12 graduated on Friday from the 2016 Fire Academy for Kids, a weeklong program where children learn about household safety and firefighting. The free program, conducted at the Lopez Quave Public Safety Center and at the the nearby West End Hose Company No. 3 Fire Museum, would not have […]

Gilich moves forward with Round 2 of Tidelands requests

The city’s initiative to create a string of public waterfront amenities is expected to begin taking shape this summer with a West Biloxi Festival Boardwalk, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will be asking the City Council to reapply to the Mississippi Legislature for nearly $15 million in Tidelands funds. Under the city’s ambitious […]

Hundreds turn out to honor Rodney McGilvary

Former and current mayors and city councilmembers, past and present police chiefs from Biloxi and surrounding areas, and representatives of the FBI, Keesler Air Force Base and the Gulf Coast hospitality industry joined family and friends Friday night to mark the end of Rodney McGilvary’s milestone career with the Biloxi Police Department. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” […]

Billfish, Summer Fair on tap this weekend

A couple of longstanding attractions fill this weekend’s entertainment lineup: the 20th annual Billfish Classic at Point Cadet Marina and the 30th Annual Summer Fair at the Coast Coliseum. You’ll also find a new show at the Beau Rivage and a host of performances and other diversions on stages and venues throughout the city. See […]

Point Cadet Plaza becoming the hot spot for visiting groups

Hundreds of people in town for conventions this week discovered something that locals already knew: Point Cadet Plaza is the place to be for an outdoor event. With its large shade-filled pavilion, breezes wafting across the Biloxi Bay, a nearby splash pad and playground for children, and convenient restrooms, it has everything. And don’t forget […]

We’ve got photos – albums of ’em

A week’s worth of photos galleries from the city’s Facebook page: Oak Street affairs:  A host of city and civic leaders turned out at The Biloxi Lugger restaurant and Le Bakery this week for two ribbon cuttings to mark the paving of Oak Street. Even former Mayor A.J. Holloway was there. To see photos, click […]

Biloxi, IP to host Southeastern fire chiefs

Hundreds of fire chiefs from across the South will be in town next week for the three-day Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs Conference. The 88th annual conference will take place at the IP Casino Resort and Spa Tuesday, with nearly 200 fire chiefs and directors from across 10 Southern states attending. “This conference is usually hosted […]

Ribbon cuttings celebrate Oak Street pavement

“Clear skies and paved roads, can it get any better than that?” asks the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce in its invitation for a dual ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Oak Street this morning. “This is an event worth celebrating.” The chamber will conduct two ceremonial ribbon cuttings this morning, at 11 a.m. at The Biloxi Lugger […]

City to honor longest-serving police officer

After protecting and serving the citizens of Biloxi for nearly 40 years, Biloxi Police Assistant Chief Rodney McGilvary will have the tables turned on him Friday. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, Police Chief John Miller, countless law enforcement officers as well as numerous city employees and citizens are expected to gather at the Biloxi Civic Center, […]

Street sweeping now underway on Biloxi streets

The city’s new street-sweeping program, which proposes to pick up dirt and debris from 15 major thoroughfares each month, began earlier this week, and the firm cleaning the streets agrees with Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich: It’s going to be a big job at the outset. Sweep Masters, a firm that specializes in cleaning parking lots […]

Biloxi, MGM Park to host Saints Hall of Fame, players

With the opening of 2016 NFL training camps looming, the New Orleans Saints and Saints Hall of Fame will make a special visit to Biloxi July 8-9 for a weekend of activities on the eve of the team’s summer camp. The highlight of the weekend will be two special events at MGM Park on Saturday, […]

Tribe announces plans for Foxwoods at Biloxi Pointe

(From the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation) The Mashantucket (Conn.) Pequot Tribal Nation announces its plans for the development and operation of a Foxwoods-branded, casino resort, to be located at Biloxi Pointe in historic Biloxi, Miss. Through a new strategic partnership, the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise will partner with Biloxi Boardwalk Ventures, LLC, Chris Ferrara, sponsor; […]

Summer camp, academies begin in Biloxi

Hundreds of youngster will be enjoying their summer break with the City of Biloxi in a trio of summer camps offered by the city. Nearly 500 children ranging in age from 5 to 14 turned out Monday for the city’s Summer Playground and Enrichment Program – aka “summer camp.” The two-month summer program takes place […]

Court seeks to resolve outstanding cases

Biloxi’s Municipal Court, as part of its settlement agreement with the ACLU, is resetting municipal court cases where defendants owe fines or fees dating back to March 2014. The court is now sending notices to as many as 500 defendants letting them know that any existing arrest warrants against them for non-payment or failure to […]

Shrimp Festival, Blessing headline this weekend

One of city’s most cherished traditions, the Biloxi Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet, takes place this weekend in East Biloxi. The weekend-long celebration, which dates back to the Old Country, is highlighted by the Sunday afternoon blessing of a brightly decorated shrimping fleet to ask for God’s blessing for a safe and bountiful […]

MDOT to temporarily close I-110 exits next week

MDOT has announced that workers will close the I-110 off ramps at Bayview and Division Street for one night next week to allow the installation of new overhead signage. The southbound exit at Bayview Avenue will be closed Wednesday from 7 p.m. to Thursday 6 a.m. At Division Street, the southbound exit will be closed […]

Tree committee to hold initial session

Biloxi’s tree committee, a new city board that will advise the city on striking a balance between protecting trees and economic development, has scheduled its first session. Committee members will have a training session Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the city’s Community Development Department to review the city’s tree ordinance and discuss procedures. The meeting […]

Preservation program to usher in Blessing weekend

The 2016 Preservation in May program will have a bonus presentation this evening to help launch this weekend’s 87th annual Biloxi Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet. The bonus event, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Sinking of the Emma Harvey, will begin at 5 p.m. at the St. Michael Parish Life Center, adjacent to […]

Museum offers schooner rides for Blessing

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum is offering individuals a chance to ride aboard the Biloxi schooner “Glenn L. Swetman” for the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by calling the museum before Saturday or at the pier on Sunday.  However, tickets will be sold on […]

City receives $9 million for infrastructure work

U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today announced that the City of Biloxi is receiving a $9 million federal grant to reimburse the city for utility easements that are being purchased across front beach property to make way for new water and sewer lines and improved drainage. The city has already bought […]

Shuckers, family fun usher in Memorial Day weekend

The summer season kicks off this weekend with the Shuckers back in town for a three-game series, a two-day firefighter-headlined fun day on the Town Green, a family fun day at Hiller Park, and such headliners as Charley Pride and Peter Frampton in town. And don’t forget, you’ll see a host of motorcycles and motorcycle […]

Biloxi firefighters test a new firefighting tool

Biloxi firefighters are testing a new tool that may help fight fires more efficiently. F-500 Encapsulator Agent, a liquid that is blended with water running through a fire hose, cools the fire and surrounding structures six to 10 times quicker than with plain water, which offers multiple benefits. “It has the ability, if applied in […]

Bellande cited as Preservationist of Year

Longtime historian Ray Bellande, who has created an online resource about local history that is invaluable to researchers around the world, has been named the city’s Preservationist of the Year. Bellande’s recognition was one of a dozen awards presented this evening as part of the city’s monthlong Preservation in May series. The presentations were made […]

Family fun events at Hiller and Town Green this weekend

There will be plenty of outdoor activities for families visiting Biloxi this weekend with a family fun day at Hiller Park and a summer festival at Biloxi Town Green. At Hiller Park, the Parks and Recreation Department, along with the Friends of Hiller Park, will host Splash into Summer on Saturday from 10 a.m. to […]

Crews back on U.S. 90 sand detail

City and county crews were on U.S. 90 in west Biloxi today, clearing sand from turning bays, parking bays and medians as part of an effort to remove as much sand as possible before the busy Memorial Day weekend. It marks the third time this year that Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has directed city crews […]

Really! Oak Street all paved north of CSX

“I am so thankful that I had loyal customers who have been making their way through all this since August,” says Sue Nguyen-Torjusen of Le Bakery, as she watched paving crews apply the long-anticipated permanent paving outside her bakery on Oak Street this morning. “And now, the great news is that we have pavement, finally, […]

Have your cake and eat it, too, in downtown Biloxi

Cake, cupcakes and other treats will join fresh produce, jams and jellies at the Biloxi Farmers Market Thursday, when Biloxi Main Street hosts the season’s first installment of the Downtown Farmers Market Festival. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Howard Avenue at the I-110 overpass. Cake-themed activities, such as a cake […]

Annette Barhonovich: A researcher’s dream

If there was ever a question about where someone was buried in the generations-old Biloxi City Cemetery, the best place for researchers, family members and funeral home directors to turn for answers was Annette Barhonovich. From her desk in the lobby of City Hall, Ms. Annette for the past 16 years has managed records on […]

Wooden boat show floats ashore Saturday

As many as 50 wooden boats, ranging in size from 6 to 76 feet and dating back as early as 1928, will be on display this weekend for the annual Billy Creel Memorial Gulf Coast Wooden Boat Show at the Seafood Industry Museum Pier in east Biloxi. The two-day event is a celebration of historic, […]

Biloxi firefighters turn to pot(s) to relieve stress

Biloxi firefighters are learning about the stress-relieving aspects of pottery this week from a Georgia potter who’s familiar with disaster and the stress-relieving aspects of creating pottery. Fulltime potter Amy Stickland, an artist from Dahlonega , Ga., and aunt of Fire Capt. Jim Davis. saw firsthand the stressful days after Hurricane Katrina and has returned this […]

Longtime housing advocate, community leader Robinson dead

Longtime housing advocate and community leader Delmar P. Robinson, whose efforts led him to be named the city’s outstanding citizen in 2008, has died. He was 78. Robinson served as chairman of the Biloxi Housing Authority after being appointed by Mayor A.J. Holloway in 1997. During his 19 years with the agency, he oversaw the transformation […]

Gilich: We want to be a data-driven city

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who was sworn in one year ago today before family and friends at the Biloxi Visitors Center (days ahead of his formal inauguration on May 20), spoke about the importance of being a data-driven city during his “Breakfast with the Mayor” presentation this morning. “If you can measure it, you can […]

2016 Legislative session: It’s a start, Gilich says

Biloxi had some successes and disappointments in city-driven initiatives in the 2016 Mississippi Legislative session, according to a report given to the Biloxi City Council this afternoon. “This was a great start,” said Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who championed a number of issues, including an unprecedented request of $14 million to fund a number of waterfront […]

City, county to save $2.3 million in interest payments

The city and county stand to save a total of $2.3 million in interest payments over the next decade if the Biloxi City Council approves a measure being proposed by Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. The proposed bond-refinancing is one of a dozen issues on the City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at […]

Expect delays on Popp’s Ferry bridge this week

Popp’s Ferry Bridge will have intermittent openings and closings on today through Wednesday mornings while crews inspect the drawbridge spans. Openings and closings of the drawbridge can be expected each morning between 9 and 11 a.m. Each opening and closing will be for 15-minutes, nearly the amount of time usually allotted to allow marine traffic. The […]

Baseball gets in full swing Saturday

“Our Love Affair with Baseball,” the Ohr-O’Keefe’s new multi-media exhibition chronicling the history of baseball on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, wraps up its first week Saturday with a day of children’s events and a 1 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., showcasing a campus-wide exhibit that features […]

Sewer work to begin in Holly-Bluff/Cedar Lake area

The City of Biloxi will hold a public meeting on Wednesday to let residents know about the pending installation of sewer service in the Holly Bluff and Cedar Lake areas. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Bay Elementary School Gymatorium, 1825 Popp’s Ferry Road. Employees from the City Engineering […]

More temporary paving planned for next week

A new round of temporary paving for streets of east Biloxi is scheduled to begin Monday and be completed several days later. Warren Paving is expected to apply asphalt to Porter Avenue and Bohn Street, south of Division Street; Division Street, from Porter to Forest Avenue; and Main, Lameuse and Reynoir streets, from Division to […]

Oscar Renda: Where we are and how we’re moving forward

Nearly two years into a huge job that contractor Oscar Renda says was beset with multiple engineering issues, progress is being made on installing a main sewer line on Division Street, which will lead to similar, smaller lines being installed on connecting streets. The company, which is constructing a federally funded $119 million project that […]

Biloxi to honor Fallen Officers with run, program

The Biloxi Police Department’s annual Fallen Officers Memorial, part of National Police Week, is typically a somber mid-week event, but this year the department ushers in its weeklong observance on Saturday with a family fun day on the Town Green and a 5K run that will feature as many as 800 participants. The activities will […]

Preservation series focuses on beach wade-ins

This week’s Preservation in May installment pays tribute to the men, women and children who stood up for Civil Rights in Biloxi in the late 1950s and ’60s and fought to desegregate the beach. “The Roll Call: Biloxi Wade-in Memorial & Tribute Ceremony” begins at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Dr. Frank Gruich Sr. Community Center, […]

Going, going, gone! All items sold at city auction

The city auction on Saturday produced more than $100,000 for city coffers, and several of the 169 bidders walked away with huge deals. With more than 500 items to bid on and 211 attendees, the city impound yard off Popp’s Ferry Road was a busy place to be. From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., surplus […]

Registration now open for Fire Academy for Kids

The Biloxi Fire Department is now taking applications for its hugely popular Fire Academy for Kids. The program is a free, five-day participatory camp for children ages 7 to 12 and is conducted at Fire Station No. 1, in the Lopez Quave Public Safety Center, 170 Porter Ave., and at the nearby West End Hose Company No. […]

Batter up! Baseball exhibit opens next week at Ohr-O’Keefe

South Mississippi’s long and enduring love affair with baseball is the subject of a new six-month multi-media exhibit and luncheon series opening May 10 at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi. The exhibition, titled “Our Love Affair with Baseball,” will shine a spotlight on locals who have been involved with major league baseball, trace […]

Oak Street paving set to begin Friday

Great news for businesses and residents on Oak Street: Workers with Oscar Renda Contracting are hoping to have all of Oak Street north of the CSX Railway paved in the next several days. Contractors are preparing the surface for paving today and Thursday, and plan to begin applying asphalt on Friday. The work is expected […]

Preservation series launches on Thursday

Preservation in May, the community’s annual month-long salute to Biloxi’s colorful past, kicks off Thursday with a lesson for those interested in preserving their own stories. “Voices: An Introduction to Oral History,” which takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Biloxi Public Library on Howard Avenue will be introduce participants to the concept […]

Coming Saturday: A bargain hunter’s paradise

Longtime auctioneer Nick Clark says bargain hunters will find great deals this weekend when the city auctions more than 500 surplus or seized vehicles, jewelry, tools, heavy equipment, TVs, computers and other material, and it’s going to be a great deal, even for spectators. The city will be auctioning the property, including dozens of bicycles, […]

‘Precious Cargo’ has Saenger premiere Sunday

“Precious Cargo,” the south Mississippi-filmed movie starring Bruce Willis, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Claire Forlani, has its Coast premiere Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Saenger Theater in downtown Biloxi. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. for this free event, and Island View Casino Resort will be providing refreshments.  Tickets are not required for admission. It’s […]

Canaan recognized as outstanding volunteer

Arlene Canaan, a retired Biloxi businesswoman and former City Councilmember who has made beautification a hallmark of public service, has been named the city’s Distinguished Volunteer of the Year. The announcement was made during the city’s annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Thursday at the Biloxi Civic Center. Canaan, who serves on the city’s Architectural and Historical […]

Prepare for river flooding, Gilich warns

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says residents in low-lying areas, especially those near the Biloxi and Wolf rivers, should make plans for rising river levels, and those throughout Biloxi should remember that more rain may be expected later in the day. Areas of Biloxi sustained as much as 10 inches of rainfall this morning in […]

Biloxi seeks Preservation Awards nominations

The City of Biloxi has a rich and diverse cultural and architectural history, and in  celebration of that history, Biloxi biannually presents Historic Preservation Awards to individuals, businesses, and organizations that are protecting and restoring our architectural history as well as those working to preserve or promote local cultural history and traditions. The city is […]

Volunteers take center stage Thursday

The City of Biloxi will recognize more than a hundred volunteers during the 33rd Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on Thursday at the Biloxi Civic Center. The free ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. and is designed to recognize volunteers as individuals and groups for their service in such areas as health, community, arts and history, education, […]

Gilich to introduce downtown bicycle officers

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will introduce to the Biloxi City Council the newest beat cops in the city: two bicycle-riding, shorts-clad officers who work the downtown area of the city. The new pedal-powered officers, who actually began patrolling the downtown area on Friday, are to give an increased police presence to the growing […]

It’s a dog day morning Saturday at Hiller Park

Dozens of pure-bred, AKC-registered canines prance in front of a full arena and national TV audience in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show each year, but a dog show on Saturday morning in Hiller Park will showcase the regular guy’s answer to man’s best friend. Fido, Spot and Rebel, get ready for your close up. […]

Ohr seeks volunteers for huge baseball exhibit

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is seeking volunteers for its upcoming multi-media baseball exhibit. “Our Love Affair with Baseball,” which spotlights Biloxi’s and the Gulf Coast’s long and colorful relationship with amateur and Major League baseball, opens May 10 and through Nov. 4. The exhibit will be open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to […]

Tuesday will be a ‘red-letter day’ for BFD

Tuesday morning at 6:45, the Biloxi Fire Department reaches a huge milestone: The department, already one of the top-rated in the state, will have the ability to meet the national standards of having 15 firefighters on the scene of any active fire call. The department is able to achieve the new standard thanks to a […]

City has million-dollar week with new hotel proposal

The City of Biloxi added a million dollars to its bank account Thursday afternoon and ushered in a new era of business development with the sale of a waterfront site that will see the development of a new 100-room hotel and the creation of 45 jobs. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and hotel operators Shivam of […]

Fireworks-free east beach? What do you think?

The Fourth of July fireworks, of course, are still a few months away, but the City of Biloxi is already working on how to make this show more enjoyable in Biloxi. The city is proposing to make the mile-long stretch of the beach between Oak Street and the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor a fireworks-free zone. “For […]

Spring break saw 35,000 visitors, plenty of traffic

“I thought it was a great weekend, considering that we had 35,000 people in town,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says of this weekend’s spring break event, which, understandably choked traffic on major arteries in west Biloxi from Friday night into Sunday afternoon. “This is what we’re all about, hospitality and people having a good time,” […]

Take it from Sal & Mookie: ‘It’s going to be a great weekend’

OK, you’ve heard the talk of slow-moving, wall-to-wall traffic this weekend, especially on U.S. 90, but there’s another way of looking at it, says Bruce Lacey. “I’ve heard the talk about traffic, especially in the media,” says Lacey, managing partner of the downtown eatery Sal & Mookie’s, “but the fact is, it’s going to be […]

Summer Playground registration begins this weekend

Saturday, the City of Biloxi will begin filling openings for the annual Summer Playground and Enrichment Program with registration for Woolmarket area residents and Woolmarket school sites. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Woolmarket Elementary School Gym, 12513 John Lee Road. The program is for children ages of 5 to 14. “This […]

Biloxi braces for a huge weekend

The Coast hotel industry has a record number of reservations for this weekend, with sunny skies, a spring break weekend and a Shuckers homestand driving interest, and city leaders are ready to help keep traffic moving on U.S. 90. “It’s unprecedented, the level of activity I’m seeing,” says Mississippi Lodging Association Director Linda Hornsby, a 30-year […]

Mayor to the world: ‘We do not discriminate. Period.’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich went on the record today: Biloxi does not discriminate and is open for business and tourism and residential development to all, regardless of religion or identity. “We do not discriminate, period,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said today, as he passed along to the Biloxi City Council a measure he expects the […]

A new harvest now available at Biloxi Farmers Market

The Charles R. Hegwood Biloxi Farmers Market launched a new season today with dozens of vendors offering a host of farm-fresh produce, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, plants and, new this year, arts and crafts. Biloxi Civic Innovation and Development Officer F. Cliff Kirkland and Parks and Recreation Director Cheryl Bell welcomed the vendors […]

It’s Margaritaville, brought to you by the White House folks

Everybody’s excited about the return of Jimmy Buffett and the Margaritaville brand to Biloxi, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says, but he also tipped his hat to the people who are making it happen. Leaders with Barrington Development Group on Sunday announced that the refurbished Casino Magic on Point Cadet will be a new Margaritaville Resort, […]

Library hosts child descendant research program Saturday

The Local History and Genealogy Department will host “When the Stork Drops In” on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Biloxi Public Library, 580 Howard Ave.  The program will highlight the department’s existing resources to assist individuals tracing child descendants. The free program will offer remedies to stumbling blocks that may be encountered in genealogical […]

Shuckers-Brewers on tap Saturday

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says the rain will clear out Saturday morning, which means a huge amount of baseball fans in downtown Biloxi for the exhibition baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Biloxi Shuckers, and Biloxi Police believe parking and access to the stadium will not be an issue. “This is what it’s […]

Game Day Experience is just around the corner

The Milwaukee Brewers will face the Biloxi Shuckers — The Crew vs. The Future Crew — in an exhibition game at MGM Park on Saturday afternoon, and Main Street Biloxi is already looking to the opening of the Shuckers minor league baseball season next week. On Saturday, MGM Park gates will open at 11 a.m., […]

Gulf Coast Marathon gets Forbes’s attention

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, a Dec. 11 event whose route runs from Pass Christian to Biloxi, was announced only a couple of weeks ago, and it’s already making headlines. The race, writes correspondent Larry Olmsted on Forbes online, combines two great ingredients: a flat, beachfront route that’s great for marathoners, especially first-time marathoners, and […]

City Desk podcast: Gilich speaks on the issues

“We’re not going to slow down,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich declares in this week’s City Desk podcast. “I’ve got a fuse that’s lit, so we’re going to make sure we cover as much ground as we can.” Among the topics discussed in the 14-minute program, which was recorded this morning: The challenges of paving in […]

Lee, Hopkins latest to see paving in east Biloxi

The paving juggernaut in east Biloxi continues, with Warren Paving Co. crews applying asphalt to Lee Street today and planning to move to Hopkins Boulevard Thursday morning. Since Friday, crews have applied temporary paving to sections of Main, Division, Lameuse and Lee streets to make traveling smoother on major thoroughfares in the 55 miles of […]

Paving well underway on Division, Lameuse

Paving on major thoroughfares in east Biloxi continues to make progress. Warren Paving Co. had two lanes of asphalt on Division Street from Lee to Caillavet by midday today, and paving on Lameuse Street south of Division was expected to be complete by the end of the day. The temporary paving is a continuation of […]

Easter egg drop, Hiller events moved to Sunday

The raindrops have won over the egg drop. The inaugural Easter Egg drop at MGM Park, planned for Saturday, has been moved to Sunday afternoon to avoid the forecasted inclement weather on Saturday. A Harrison County Sheriff’s Office helicopter will drop more than 12,000 prize-filled eggs onto the field at MGM Park on Sunday. The […]

Popp’s Ferry extension meeting is next week

The City of Biloxi takes another step in the process to see a new road connecting Popp’s Ferry and U.S. 90 next week 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 […]

Main, Division paving running ahead of schedule

It’s been months in the making, and longtime Main Street business owners were so excited to see asphalt going down on their street this morning that they couldn’t wait to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony. And Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and Ward 2 Councilmember Felix O. Gines complied. Inez Thomas of Inez’s Cafe and Tyrone Burton […]

Gilich outlines paving plans for east Biloxi

Warren Paving Co. began grading Main Street today and expects to have paving underway on the roadway Friday or Monday, weather permitting. Announcement of the east Biloxi work was part of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s presentation to the Biloxi Chamber’s Breakfast with the Mayor session this morning at IP Casino Resort Spa. The temporary paving […]

Biloxi, ACLU settle lawsuit over jailing of indigent people

The American Civil Liberties Union and the city of Biloxi have settled a federal lawsuit that alleged the jailing of people unable to pay court-ordered fines and fees in traffic and other misdemeanor cases. As part of the settlement, Biloxi has initiated policies that both parties agree are a model for courts in Mississippi and […]

Gilich to update issues Wednesday morning

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will discuss the pending temporary paving on roadways in east Biloxi and a host of the projects during the Biloxi Chamber’s “Breakfast with the Mayor” session on Wednesday at 8 a.m. at the IP Casino Resort Spa. The free program, which will be in the IP ballroom, is designed to give […]

Council to discuss slip fees in first of two meetings

The fees for slips at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor and Point Cadet Marina, and how those fees are determined, will be discussed during a special meeting of the Biloxi City Council on Tuesday morning at 10:30 at City Hall. The morning meeting will preface an afternoon meeting where councilmembers face an agenda of nearly […]

Grillin’ postponed; Hibernia to roll as scheduled

Organizers of the annual Grillin’ on the Green, the barbecue and crafts fair planned for this weekend on the Town Green, have decided to postpone the event until April 16 because of the threat of inclement weather, but the Hibernia Marching Society says it’s still a green light for the St. Pat’s parade on Saturday. […]

Biloxi Cub Scouts have a Treasure of a movie

When Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich met with the members of Cub Scout Pack 213 Wednesday, he was also meeting with the stars of new short film “The Boonies:  Hidden Treasure of Biloxi.” That’s right. The kids from Pack 213 are the ensemble cast of the slickly produced short that gives hi-def screen time to such […]

Sports Hall of Fame seeks nominees

It’s nomination time for the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame and the City of Biloxi is seeking nominees for the 2016 class. Nominations will be accepted for individuals who have contributed to the betterment of athletics in the city either through exemplary completed performance as a player or coach or in any supporting role of superior […]

A new Biloxi tradition: An Easter Egg drop

For years, Biloxi has become known for hosting a number of Easter Egg hunts and related events in the days and weeks leading up to Easter Sunday, but a new tradition will be launched this year: eggs falling from the sky. Yep, you read that right.  A helicopter will drop more than 12,000 treat-filled eggs […]

City seeks volunteer nominees

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and the Biloxi City Council are inviting residents to help recognize outstanding volunteers at the 33rd Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave.  Invitations will be sent to all nominators and nominees. Awards will be […]

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 […]