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East Biloxi infrastructure work: A third complete

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

Mayor Gilich’s New Year’s message

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

Mayor Gilich’s Christmas message

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

Gaillet to leave Biloxi Public Works post

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

Visitors Center open house highlights weekend

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

Council OKs plans for subdivisions, bowling alley

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

City unveils plans for Tidelands, Restore Act applications

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

Lorraine Road bridge to close for six months

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

Hiller Park welcomes holidays this weekend

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

Council to consider infrastructure, financial oversight

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

DRC reviews plans for retail center, Natatorium expansion

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

City Desk: New hotel, Woolmarket plans and Scarlet Pearl

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

Section of Bayview Avenue now open to traffic

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

Popp’s Ferry widening remains on track

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

Gilich applauds first installment for broadband initiative

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

Forum to help identify historic buildings in Division, Main area

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

Gilich congratulates D’Iberville on Scarlet Pearl opening

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

City to create master plan for Woolmarket utilities

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

Now is the time to help Santa Wears a Badge program

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

Christmas parades by land and sea, plus much more

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

Detailed updates available on road work

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

Council OKs property sale for Hilton Garden Inn

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

Get this: Katrina story is helping fight homelessness

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

Lighthouse dons its Christmas best Thursday night

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

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

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

Lighthouse dons its Christmas best Thursday night

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

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

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

Library to unveil exhibit on WWII veteran Louis Hengen

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

City Council meets twice on Tuesday

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

City releases list of Christmas events

The City of Biloxi, just like Santa, is making a list, but this one is not who’s naughty or nice; it’s a compendium of city-sponsored holiday events. You’ll find the city’s traditional fare, such as the Christmas lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse and Town Green and Christmas on the Water, but you’ll also find a […]

Old Highway 67 work begins Monday after Thanksgiving

Good news, Woolmarket motorists: The Woolmarket Plantation sewer installation work that’s going to close parts of Old Highway 67 for a month has been pushed back until after the Thanksgiving holiday. The section of Old Highway 67 in Woolmarket will be closed to traffic for a month beginning Monday at 9 a.m. so city contractors […]

Christmas in Biloxi: Your guide to holiday events

Thursday, Dec. 3: Lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse The city ushers in the Christmas season with the lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse from 5:30 to 7 p.m., south of the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd.  Santa Clause will be on site with cookies and hot chocolate!  For more information, call the Biloxi Visitors Center at 228-374-3105.   […]

Music and more on tap this weekend

The Charlie Daniels Band, Daughtry, Creedence Clearwater Revisited are among the entertainers in town this weekend, and you’ll find “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” on stage at Biloxi Little Theater. Meantime, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum is also hosting public ice skating each weekend through Jan. 10. See the entire weekend lineup   City Desk: Refugee […]

Council OKs vacation of Camille Street

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the city council voted unanimously to approve the vacation of Camille Street, between Reynoir and Croesus Streets, and to accept the dedication of a portion of Croesus Street at Beach Boulevard for the purpose of making access improvements to the traffic intersection. This approval also included a […]

Police Explorers selling pusharatas — and they deliver

The Biloxi Police Explorers has a tasty fundraising drive underway. The group will be making the Coratian treat pusharatas and delivering them to Biloxians for $7 a dozen. The Pusharatas will be delivered between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Orders are being taken through Nov. 23. Contact 228-385-3033 or bwescovich@biloxi.ms.us. Learn more […]

Part of Old Highway 67 to close for month for final leg of sewer work

A section of Old Highway 67 in Woolmarket will be closed to traffic for a month beginning Monday so city contractors can install the final sewer lines in a year-long $4.8 million project. The last phase of construction, which covers three-quarters of a mile, will be taking place on Old Highway 67 from near the […]

Gilich presents ambitious vision to council

“You can’t get anything done without a plan and without a vision,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says, and this morning the mayor presented a list of more than two-dozen big-ticket items for the Biloxi City Council to consider as the beginnings of a seven-year plan. The list totaled more than $700 million that could be […]

Workshop will have more of an informal flavor

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and members of the Biloxi City Council will be seated at the same table this morning in a workshop setting that the mayor hopes will encourage thoughtful consideration and discussion of policy issues. The session begins at 11 a.m. at City Hall and is open to the public. Among the issues Gilich […]

Gilich: Avoid speculation on refugee issue

Speculation about Syrian refugees being relocated to Biloxi is misinformed and creating unnecessary anxiety, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said today. Gilich said his administration has spoken with Catholic Social Services, which some Internet stories have identified as the agency being the conduit for refugees to relocate. Catholic Social Services has been in contact with immigration […]

Seafood museum design lauded by state architects

Biloxi’s Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, the gleaming “boat in a bottle” museum on the eastern tip of the Biloxi peninsula, has been given the highest architectural design award by the state chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The state AIA’s Design Awards Celebration “seeks to applaud architecture and design by bringing attention to […]

Police: Residents should use free online property service

The Biloxi Police Department is recommending that residents take advantage of a free, secure online service to record serial numbers and upload images for phones, electronics, and other valuables to help recover items that may be stolen or lost. LeadsOnline, a service the police have used for years, has developed a new service, ReportIt, that allows […]

Weekend preview: Running, walking and flagging

A trio of outdoor events are planned in east Biloxi this weekend: The 32nd annual Mayor’s Cup 5K run at 9 a.m. at City Hall, the Walk to End Alzheimers at 9 a.m. on the Town Green, and the Second Annual West End Hose Co. No. 3 Fire Museum Flag Football Tournament at 9 a.m. at […]

Gilich calls special meeting for Tuesday

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has called a special meeting of the Biloxi City Council for Tuesday at 11 a.m. to discuss a number of long-range and big-ticket items. The meeting, which will be held at City Hall, is open to the public. Among the issues Gilich plans to discuss are strategic planning for capital improvement […]

Police warn of scam involving power bill

Some Mississippi Power customers have reported receiving suspicious calls from persons representing themselves as power company collections employees, Biloxi Police say. During the calls, customers were told they will encounter a service interruption unless payment was received immediately. In order to facilitate payment, customers were instructed to go to various points of sale and transfer […]

Permit issued for demolition work at Santa Maria

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the department issued the demolition permit for the former Santa Maria Del Mar Structure located on Beach Boulevard. The demolition will include removing everything except the superstructure frame. The sale of the property to Barrington Development LLC, was completed last week, and will allow the developers to proceed […]

Mickey Bradley dinner tonight at Gruich Center

Hundreds of Biloxians will be on hand this evening at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center to honor Mickey Bradley during the Biloxi Bay Chamber’s “Biloxian Made Good” honoree. The sold-out affairs begins at 6 p.m. at the Howard Avenue center. (A Bmail earlier today mistakenly said the dinner would be at the […]

Mayor’s Cup spills into downtown Saturday

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will be firing the starting gun to launch his first Mayor’s Cup Run on Saturday, an event that is expected to attract about 300 runners to downtown Biloxi for its 32nd annual presentation. “It’s one of our larger races,” says longtime Gulf Coast Running Club director Leonard Vergunst, who oversees more […]

Kress Live to offer free concert for veterans, military

Kress Live is hosting a free concert for veterans and the military this evening to mark Veterans Day and honor those in the armed forces. The concert will be headlined by Saliva, with guests Whiskey Kiss and My Hero the Villain. General admission is $20 at the door for non-military guests. Bacchus Biloxi will prepare free […]

Visitors Center to host Alex North book signing

The Biloxi Visitors Center will host a book signing with well-known Coast photographer Alex North unveiling his new book, “Mississippi Coast Blessings,”  on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The book is a collection of images that convey North’s joy and passion through the lens of his camera.  It is, he says, a […]

Gilich wants east Biloxi roads better maintained

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has placed contractors on notice that roadways disrupted by the ongoing infrastructure project must be better maintained for the safety of motorists and the welfare of citizens. Gilich sent a letter to Project Manager HNTB late Monday, directing it to enforce roadway maintenance requirements placed on contractors involved in the $355 […]

Merit Health to host Breakfast with the Mayor

Merit Health Biloxi, the downtown Biloxi medical center formerly known as Biloxi Regional, will be showing off $3 million in improvements and state-of-the-art technology Tuesday morning when the facility hosts Breakfast With the Mayor. The breakfast, which begins at 8 a.m., will be held in the Merit’s recently renovated lobby, where the medical center invested […]

Flo Rida tour stops at MGM Park tonight

Pop and hip hop music icon Flo Rida’s 2015 GDFR (“Goin’ Down For Real”) World Tour rolls into MGM Park tonight. Gates to the park open at 8 p.m., according to promoter Tim Bennett. Tickets for the show, which is sponsored by Overtime Sports and Driven Entertainment, begin at $25, and are still available. The […]

BPD cites officers in awards ceremony

Leaders of the Biloxi Police Department commended several officers, civilian workers and residents during the department’s quarterly awards ceremony this morning. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and Police Chief John Miller presented awards during the ceremony, which was hosted by the VFW Post 2434. Supervisors of the Quarter were Michael Brennan and Darren Lea; Vickie Lee […]

Main Street to host an open house at Slay House

Attention business owners!  Biloxi Main Street is presenting a new opportunity for a local business to become part of the downtown shopping district by leasing the historic Slay House. An open house will be held this eventing from 5 to 8 at the house, which is at 128 Rue Magnolia. Main Street will be accepting […]

Planning OKs Camille Street application, short-term rentals

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in Community Development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve an application from Pegasus Development Group LLC, for the vacation of Camille Street between Reynoir and Croesus. The commission also approved the dedication of land, from the same developer, at the south end of Croesus, for the purpose of […]

VFW to host BPD quarterly awards ceremony

The Biloxi Police Department’s quarterly awards ceremony will be conducted Friday at 10 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Veterans Avenue. It’s the first time the ceremony is being presented outside the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center. It’s open to the public and light refreshments will be served. VFW Post 2434 is on […]

Gulf Regional issues RFP for Keesler study

Gulf Regional Planning Commission is now seeking proposals for qualified planners to facilitate the Joint Land Use Study to review issues related to potential effects of future growth for Biloxi, Keesler and the surrounding area. The agency, which was tasked by the City of Biloxi to oversee the 24-month process, has set Nov. 30 at 5 […]

Section of Popp’s Ferry Road to close this weekend

Popp’s Ferry Road between Cedar Lake and Lamey Street will be closed from Saturday at 8 a.m. until Sunday at 5 p.m. so workers can install new drainage lines as part of the widening of that stretch of Popp’s Ferry Road. Motorists should use either Cedar Lake Road or Lamey Street as an alternate route. The […]

DRC reviews proposed 78-room La Quinta

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the Development Review Committee was presented with the preliminary site plan for the proposed La Quinta Hotel to be located at the northwest corner of Beach Boulevard and Hopkins. The new hotel will be four stories in height and will have 78 rooms. Also at DRC, […]

Hiller Park, Edgewater Mall expect huge crowds

The heavy rainfall forecast for Halloween night is expected to actually attract more trick or treaters to two Halloween events, organizers say. Tonight’s Halloween in Hiller is actually expanding to two softball fields at Hiller Park instead of one to accommodate the expected 3,000 people and to help the flow of visitors.  On Saturday night, […]

Forecast is for rain on Halloween

There’s a 70 percent chance of rain on Saturday, Halloween night, and parents and trick or treaters should keep that thought in mind when making preparations. Among the Halloween events planned in Biloxi are Halloween in Hiller on Friday night and indoor trick or treating at Edgewater Mall on Saturday. (A Bmail on Wednesday listed […]

Lyons to present free exhibition games at MGM Thursday

Baseball fans have a chance to see some of the Coast’s best high school players in a couple of free exhibition games Thursday at MGM Park. The Barry Lyons Fall Wooden Bat League, which recently completed a six-week season at the A.J. Holloway Sports Complex, will have two showcase games Thursday at MGM Park in […]

Halloween safety tips to remember

Halloween is Saturday night, and Biloxi public safety leaders are advising those families who are not participating in organized gatherings to make safety a priority when trick-or-treating in city neighborhoods. The city offers these tips: When trick-or-treating: — A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. — Use a […]

Edgewater Mall to host indoor trick or treating

The merchants of Edgewater Mall wiIl be handing out candy to family trick or treaters on Saturday, Halloween, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. In fact, trick or treaters can even pick up a treat bag from any of the mall’s tour entrances, and two photo booths will be set up for a complimentary photo to take home. […]

Halloween in Hiller is Friday evening; mall trick or treating is Saturday

Nearly 50 businesses will be handing out Halloween treats Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hiller Park for the third annual Halloween in Hiller. The affair, sponsored by the city and Friends of Hiller Park Committee, will take place in the Barbara Ferrill Softball Fields, and kick off with a costume contest for […]

Council meets twice this afternoon

The Biloxi City Council will meet twice this afternoon, at 1:30 to consider an agenda of more than two dozen items before convening a special meeting to hear a report from the Coast Transit Authority on its services and potential services in Biloxi. Both meetings will be at City Hall and are open to the […]

C-SPAN campaign bus plans stop in Biloxi

C-SPAN’s award-winning, 45-foot customized Campaign 2016 bus will visit Biloxi next month as part of a cross-country tour to promote C-SPAN’s “Road to the White House” series and introduce a customized 2016 campaign app. The bus will be available for tours at Biloxi High School on Nov. 6 from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. Students and […]

Current road closures, conditions

Biloxi Police report the following road closures and conditions this morning: — Barricades put on the north end and south end of Cedar Lake Bridge — Howard Avenue at Cadet Street — Bayview Avenue west of Holly Street flooded. — Walmart Lane at U.S. 90,  sand on the ground — Popp’s Ferry causeway flooded — […]

Halloween events dominate the weekend

Biloxi ushers in the Halloween spirit this evening and on Saturday with two events. The Parks and Recreation’s free annual Special Needs Halloween Costume Ball will be this evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Donal Snyder Community Center, and on Saturday there’s an afternoon of costume contests, trick or treating and an outdoor movie […]

Work continues on ongoing projects

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in Community Development, commercial construction continues on the Hyatt Place Hotel, Casino Magic, St. Michael’s New Life Parish Center, Walmart Neighborhood Market, First Pentecostal Church, Memorial Hospital Medical Office, Dr. Diaz Surgical Center, and Butler Homes Sales and Construction Office. Final touches are being put on the MGM Park […]

Heads up: Halloween events in the offing

A quick preview of a number of city-sponsored Halloween events coming up: Halloween, Part 1: The Parks and Recreation’s free annual Special Needs Halloween Costume Ball will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Donal Snyder Community Center.  Individuals with physical and mental disabilities can don Halloween garb and enjoy tasty treats. Details: 228-388-7170. To see […]

Cochran announces funding for joint land-use study

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich applauded U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran today for his leadership in obtaining a quarter-million dollars in funds that will allow the city to analyze land use issues affecting Keesler Air Force Base. Cochran, chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced the award of $214,000 in Department of Defense funds and […]

Parents, caution children about homecoming mischief

    Biloxi has its homecoming football game against George County Friday, but school and city leaders are asking parents to caution their children about the penalties of the mischief often associated with homecoming.     “It’s moved beyond the point of play,” Biloxi Public Schools Superintendent Arthur McMillan said, alluding to incidents that have […]

Council to hear comments on taxicab, limo regulations

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday morning will hear comments from taxicab drivers and others about proposed regulations that would be administered by a new authority involving the cities of Biloxi, Gulfport and D’Iberville. The public hearing, which begins at 10:30 a.m. at Biloxi City Hall, is the first of two meetings the council has scheduled for […]

DRC approves plans for St. Mary’s sanctuary

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the Development Review Committee approved site plans for a new sanctuary for St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Woolmarket Road, and an addition to the Biloxi Natatorium on Father Ryan Avenue. The new church sanctuary will be 10,280 square feet and will seat approximately 300 […]

Paving expected on Bayview by Dec. 15, on Oak by mid-January

The initial coat of pavement should be applied on Bayview Avenue from Caillavet to past Boomtown Casino by Dec. 15, and all of Oak Street north of the CSX Railway should be paved by mid-January, according to the construction company working on Biloxi’s infrastructure repair and replacement program. And while trenches as deep as 18 […]

Motorists should treat bike lanes as regular lanes

The growing number of designated bike lanes on major thoroughfares in Biloxi may have some motorists wondering the rules of the road, but Biloxi Police say the answer is an easy one: “Motorists should think of a designated bike lane just as it were a lane for another vehicle. Those bike lanes are for bikes […]

Hearing set for new taxicab regulations

The cities of Biloxi, Gulfport and D’Iberville, after hearing months of complaints and comments from taxicab drivers about regulation and regulatory fees, are a step closer to moving forward with a revamped Motor Vehicle for Hire Authority. The City of Biloxi will conduct a public hearing Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Biloxi City […]

Library program to focus on Biloxi builder

Those anticipating the annual cemetery tour scheduled for later this month can whet their appetite Thursday when the Biloxi Public Library hosts a presentation titled “Carl Matthes: Designer of Biloxi.” The free program, sponsored by the library’s Local History and Genealogy Department, begins at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The library is at […]

Swetman wins Best of Show at Madisonville show

The Biloxi schooner Glenn L. Swetman was named the best of show and first place in its size during the 26th Annual Wooden Boat Festival in Madisonville, La., an event that attracts 30,000 people each year. The 72-foot, 49-passenger schooner, a two-masted gaff-rigged oyster schooner, with the Mike Sekul, is one of two Biloxi schooners […]

‘Turn your attention to fire prevention’ this month

Firefighters from the city’s nine fire stations will be canvassing neighborhoods this month in an effort to make sure Biloxi homes have working smoke detectors. The Fire Prevention Month effort, called “Turn Your Attention to Fire Prevention,” is a project of the Biloxi Fire Department, the American Red Cross, Firehouse Subs and volunteers being trained […]

Beach Boys to name best cruiser Saturday

Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston will join local and state leaders at MGM Park Saturday to name the American Star Vodka Best Cruiser on the Coast. Gates to the park open at 1 p.m., and fans will be allowed on the field to view the cars, up close and personal. Judging by the […]

Council supports new roadway

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This Week in community development, the city council voted unanimously to support the construction of the Back Bay Boulevard extension. This approval will allow the owner of the Biloxi Boardwalk Marina to move forward with the development of Biloxi Pointe. The proposed  $260 Million Dollar development project will include a casino, hotel, […]

Biloxi Public Schools STEM programs to receive $1 million grant

The Biloxi Public School District has announced a five-year, $1 million  partnership with the Department of Defense Education Activity to enhance Biloxi’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs, also known as STEM, and provide more transitional support for military-connected students and families. The grant, known as Operation IMPACT (Improving Mathematical Practices and Access to Counseling […]

Council OKs internet, road measures, sees new resort

Biloxi swept a doubleheader this evening, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said after the City Council approved measures to move forward with two roadways of the future. The council voted to support an agreement that would see a $22 million boulevard at Pine Street to connect Point Cadet to Back Bay Boulevard, with more than half  […]

Flo Rida tour headed to MGM Park

Pop and hip hop music icon Flo Rida’s 2015 GDFR (“Goin’ Down For Real”) World Tour plays MGM Park on Friday, Nov. 6 and tickets for the show go on sale Wednesday at the MGM Park box office and through Ticketmaster. To charge by phone: 800-745-3000. Tickets for the show, which is sponsored by Overtime […]

Visitors Center to host Lighthouse Arts & Crafts Fair

More than 30 artists and craftsmen will be showing everything from jewelry to Marlin Miller’s wood sculptures during the Third Annual Lighthouse Arts and Crafts Fair, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Biloxi Visitors Center. Admission to the event is free and refreshments will be available for purchase.   Visitors are encouraged to bring […]

Biloxi, Gulfport to consider agency to foster high-speed internet

Mayors Andrew “FoFo” Gilich of Biloxi and Billy Hewes of Gulfport will ask their respective City Councils on Tuesday to approve a measure to set up the Gulf Coast Broadband Commission, an agency that would plan and oversee the delivery of ultra-high-speed internet and broadband to their cities. Gilich, who took office four months ago […]

Planning OKs plats for two new subdivisions

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted to recommend approval for preliminary plat applications for two new single family residential developments, and an expansion to an existing subdivision. The first application includes 96 acres located on the west side Hudson-Krohn Road and will provide 131 new market rate homes. […]

Meet your Police and Fire departments Saturday

Those attending the Community Festival Against Crime Saturday on the Town Green could get a whiff of that new car smell. That’s because the Biloxi Police Department will be showing off its array of new cruisers and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and the Biloxi Fire Department will be displaying its new million-dollar ladder truck, which will be […]

Website now back in operation

Every element of the City of Biloxi’s website has been cleaned and scrubbed, and has been certified as virus-free by Google. The re-certification occurs after a piece of malicious software, also known as malware, found its way into the coding that powers the city website. We apologize for the inconvenience.          

Gilich seeks agreement on east Biloxi roadway, funding

The city is willing to move forward with completing an east Biloxi traffic loop with a wider Pine Street to link Back Bay Boulevard with Point Cadet, but only after half the expected $22 million price tag is in place. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will ask the City Council for approval to enter […]

Cedar Lake signal work set for after midnight

The Cedar Lake-Popp’s Ferry intersection will turn into a four-way stop for a couple of hours after midnight tonight while contractors re-locate the control box for the traffic signals at the intersection. Temporary Stop signs will be placed at the site shortly before work begins, and the traffic signals will be inoperative while work is […]

City seeks funding requests from agencies

Though city funding may not be available, Biloxi municipal leaders want to be aware of the funding needs of social-service agencies and other organizations that serve Biloxi residents. Representatives of groups and organizations have until Oct. 9 to submit a completed form in order to have a chance of being included in the FY 2016 budget. […]

Stretch of Popp’s Ferry to close Saturday

Popp’s Ferry Road between Cedar Lake Road and Lamey Street will be closed Saturday at 7 a.m. and remain closed until Sunday at 8 p.m. so workers can install drainage systems as part of the widening of that stretch of Popp’s Ferry Road. Motorists should use either Cedar Lake Road or Lamey Street as an […]

Council to reconsider Fayard-Bayview realignment

The Biloxi City Council will have a special meeting Wednesday at 11 a.m. to reconsider the measure to realign Fayard Street at Bayview Avenue. Councilmembers had approved the resolution at their meeting last week. Read the agenda and amended resolution   Stretch of Popp’s Ferry to close Saturday Popp’s Ferry Road between Cedar Lake and Motsie […]

Clay creations, concerts, theater on tap this weekend

Children and adults are invited to play in the clay studio and make cool, sculptural clay piggy banks Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s Center for Ceramics. The session, open to ages 10 and up, is $25 per person and feature Ohr arts staffers helping visitors – no […]

Permit issued for Walmart gas station

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in community development, the building division issued a building permit for the Walmart Gas Station to be located on Popp’s Ferry Road in front of the proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market, which was permitted last week. The new Market and Gas Station are scheduled to be completed in March 2016. Also […]

Dignitaries to spend week on Gulf Coast

A five-member delegation of local leaders from the republic of Georgia will be arriving on the Mississippi Gulf Coast next week to spend seven days learning about the area, its economy and its forms of government.  Four of the dignitaries will be making their first visit to the United States. The Steps Coalition, a non-profit […]

Downtown to host two Cruisin’ events

Cruisin’ the Coast events in downtown Biloxi are expanding to two days this year and involving a new location, MGM Park, for a salute to veterans. Crusin’, the Coastwide auto show that is expected to attract a record 7,500 participants to south Mississippi, takes place Oct. 4 through 11, and will focus on downtown Biloxi […]