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160,000 expected for Keesler air show

Keesler Air Force Base expects to host 160,000 people or more this weekend for the  air show and open house headlined by the Air Force Thunderbirds. To help move visitors on and off the base, Keesler will offer free shuttle service beginning at 8:45 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Best place to park to catch the shuttle: […]

Newman files intent; voter registration deadline is Saturday

Another candidate – Dixie Newman – has filed with the Municipal Clerk her intentions to be a candidate for mayor of Biloxi in the upcoming April 28 special election, and the deadline for voter registration is Saturday at noon. Newman on Tuesday filed her Qualifying Statement of Intent along with 50 signatures of registered Biloxi voters, […]

Nichols to see more students, more classes next year

Biloxi Public Schools plans to double the number of students at Nichols beginning next school year by offering more pre-K classes, and moving kindergarten and first grade classes to Nichols from nearby Gorenflo Elementary. Gorenflo Elementary School will host Grades 2 through 5 next school year.  “We’re seeing increases in the numbers of students attending […]

Biloxi makes another vacation list

A new online travel report pegs Biloxi as the third best cheap summer vacation spot in the country, although Acting Mayor Kenny Glavan says he’d prefer “affordable” to “cheap.” U.S. News used “expert insight along with an assessment of affordability and traveler appeal”  to determine “the best summer vacations to take on the cheap.” Says […]

It’s official: Three now intend to run for mayor

Two more would-be candidates have filed with Municipal Clerk their intentions to be candidates for mayor of Biloxi in the upcoming April 28 special election: W.S. “Windy” Swetman III and Felix O. Gines. Swetman filed his Qualifying Statement of Intent and Candidate Petition on Monday afternoon, and Gines filed his paperwork this morning. The two […]

Popp’s Ferry widening work set to begin

The city will hold a ground-breaking ceremony this week for the last phase of widening Popp’s Ferry Road, from Cedar Lake Road to Lamey Street, the city limits with D’Iberville. The ceremony, to be conducted Thursday at 4 p.m. in front of the First Baptist Church of Biloxi, signals the $6.5 million construction of the […]

‘K10′ has ribbon cutting, free day Saturday

“Katrina +10,” the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s multi-media exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, has its ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, with free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jerry O’Keefe, the former Biloxi mayor who envisioned the beachfront museum, will cut the ribbon Saturday at 11 a.m., signaling the official opening of the […]

Planning OKs downtown property revision

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the subdivision of a lot in the downtown area for a “to be announced” commercial development. The approval recommendation will now go before the City Council for final consideration. Also this week, the Development Review Committee […]

Gilich becomes first to file mayoral paperwork

“FoFo” Gilich this afternoon became the first Biloxi resident to file paperwork with the Municipal Clerk declaring his intent to run for mayor in the special election scheduled for April 28. Under the state-required process for the special election, would-be candidates must file a Qualifying Statement of Intent, along with 50 signatures of registered Biloxi […]

‘Katrina +10′ opens to public Friday morning

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art will launch “Katrina +10,” the largest Hurricane Katrina exhibit in the Southeast, on Friday morning at 10. “Katrina +10″ will be a six-month retrospective about Hurricane Katrina and will feature the award-winning efforts of the Sun Herald, WLOX, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Hands On Mississippi and Mississippi Power, the company that brought […]

Green light for Grillin’, Hibernia on Saturday

It’s a wet windfest outside today, but organizers say there’s still a green light for Grillin’ on the Green Saturday on the Biloxi Town Green. The Hibernia Marching Society, as well, says its ready for roll its annual parade, too. More than 30 grill teams have signed up for the grilling competition, and 75 arts […]

Work continues on a number of projects, proposals

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, Our department issued permits for a new medical office for Dr. Michael Diaz to be located at 936 Tommy Munro Drive, and a renovation permit for Hard Rock Casino to accomodate a new Pie Five Pizza Restaurant. Also this week, we completed the plans review for […]

Holloway makes surprise appearance at State of City

A.J. Holloway hasn’t missed a State of the City presentation for more than 20 years now, and despite leaving office for health reasons earlier this month, he didn’t miss today’s either. The longest-serving mayor in the history of the city, who officially resigned Tuesday to spend more time with his family, walked from behind the […]

Glavan, in first act, honors Outstanding Citizen Blessey

Acting Mayor Kenny Glavan, in his first public function since being named Tuesday, honored Katherine Blessey as Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen for 2014 during a Lions Club luncheon today. And during a sold-out Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, Biloxi’s new leader, albeit temporary as mayor, will welcome those attending the annual State of the […]

Wheel of Biloxi government turning deliberately — and anxiously

Biloxi municipal government will be expected to turn on a dime this week, with the City Council choosing a new acting mayor from among themselves Tuesday morning, with several mayoral obligations already waiting for the new chief executive, and behind the scenes work underway on a special election that hasn’t even been called yet. “We’re […]

Council meets Tuesday to choose acting mayor

The Biloxi City Council has called a special meeting for Tuesday at 10 a.m., when  councilmembers are expected to accept the resignation of Mayor A.J. Holloway and choose an acting mayor. The acting mayor, who will be chosen from  among the councilmembers, would serve until a special election is conducted, which is expected to be […]

More than 500 seats sold for State of the City

City Councilmembers will decide Tuesday who will be delivering the welcoming remarks for next week’s State of the City luncheon, but one thing’s for sure: more than 500 seats have been sold for the event. Tina Ross-Seamans, director of the sponsoring Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce, reports that tickets have been selling at a steady […]

Veterans Avenue crematory plans under review

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, we received the building plans for the Marshall’s Crematory to be located on Veterans Drive. The crematory is phase 1 of a 2-phase project which will also include Marshall’s Funeral Home. Building plans were received this week for 2 new single family houses. Also this week, […]

Holloway to step down as Biloxi’s mayor

Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway, the city’s longest serving mayor, notified the City Council today that he is resigning his position as mayor. “Due to an accumulation of health issues, I must ask the people of the City of Biloxi to permit me to be with my family for the remainder of this municipal term,” Holloway […]

Weekend preview: Comedy, music and an Arbor Day Run

In town this weekend are comedian Ron White, singer Paul Anka, the group Lone Star and the Neil Diamond tribute group Super Diamond. Also, the City of Biloxi, along with the Gulf Coast Running Club and the Disability Connection organization, will stage the 27th Arbor Day 5K Run Saturday in downtown Biloxi. The event, with […]

Permits issued for Casino Magic, other projects

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the department issued separate permits for the fire sprinkler system and the fire alarm system for Casino Magic. Building plans were received this week for an office building on Tommy Munro Drive for D. R. Horton Homebuilders. Plans were also received for a new commercial warehouse Structure […]

Council to consider temporary sign issue

The City Council on Tuesday will consider continuing to allow businesses in Biloxi to use pennants, banners, streamers and flags to advertise their businesses – practices ordinarily prohibited under the city’s Land Development Ordinance. The measure is one of more that two dozen issues included on the agenda for the council’s meeting on Tuesday at […]

Ohr-O’Keefe to launch ‘Katrina +10′ exhibition

This time next month – on March 20 – the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art will launch “Katrina +10,” a six-month retrospective about Hurricane Katrina and featuring the award-winning efforts of the Sun Herald, WLOX, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Hands On Mississippi and Mississippi Power Co., the company that brought in 12,000 workers from across the […]

Planning OKs Walmart market for Popp’s Ferry

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a preliminary subdivision plat for the proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market to be located on the former Ellzey property on Popp’s Ferry Road. The commission also voted unanimously to approve a conditional use application for a self-serve gas station […]

Double your pleasure this Mardi Gras

Remember, Biloxi parade-goers, you have two parades with two routes this Mardi Gras. Neptune, of course, kicks off the celebration with its nighttime parade on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., with guest grand marshal Joe Horn, the colorful former Saints wide receiver who will be filling in for snowbound Weather Channel storm chaser Jim Cantore. The […]

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

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 […]

Repair permits issued for Casino Magic site

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the department issued a repair permit for the interior of the former Casino Magic structure. The valuation for the permit is $6.3 million dollars, and includes the existing building/structure only. A repair permit for exterior repairs was issued earlier this year with a valuation of $4 […]

See living history at the Biloxi Visitors Center

History Week is now underway at the Biloxi Visitors Center and you’re invited to drop by between now and Saturday. The Mississippi Coast Historical & Genealogical Society is sponsoring the 25th annual Mississippi Coast History Week, which features a number of exhibits celebrating the anniversary of the Feb. 13, 1699 landing of d’Iberville on the […]

Remember: Two parade routes this year

Biloxi Police are reminding paradegoers that two parade routes will be used for this year’s Mardi Gras parades – one for the Neptune night parade on Saturday, Feb. 14, and the traditional route, for Gulf Coast Carnival on Tuesday, Feb. 17. To see the two routes, click here.    

Neptune to offer plenty of firsts this weekend

The Krewe of Neptune, which over the years had been relegated to a handful of colorful floats tagged onto the end of the Gulf Coast Carnival parade on Mardi Gras Day, will be making history this year with its own nighttime parade, with weathercaster Jim Cantore as celebrity grand marshal, and with a new parade […]

Children, Second Liners parade in Biloxi Saturday

Two Mardi Gras parades roll in Biloxi this weekend – the annual children’s walking parade and the Biloxi Second Liners – highlighting a weekend of seven parades Coastwide. The annual Biloxi Mardi Gras Children’s Walking Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Howard Avenue at I-110, travel east to Reynoir Street, and south to Camellia, […]

Demolition permit issued for Hutter Building remnants

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, a demolition permit was issued to remove the remaining façade of the Hutter Building in the Vieux Marche’. The fenced-in remnant of the structure has been an eyesore in the downtown area since the building burned in January of 2011. This demo was necessary to make way […]

Ohr plans second round of live oak plantings

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, which next month launches a huge exhibit to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, is seeking sponsors for the planting of seven of the 19 more Live oaks on its beachfront campus. The planting, which will be performed Feb. 20 by volunteers from Mississippi Power Co., is part of […]

City seeks to maximize use, benefits of MGM Park

“Breakfast with the Mayor” was presented as “Breakfast with the Acting Mayor” this morning, as Ward 2 Councilman Felix O. Gines, filling in for Mayor A.J. Holloway, spoke to a number of city issues before introducing a program about the opportunities the city faces with MGM Park. “I’m proud that the mayor has chosen me […]

This weekend: Community theater, music and parades

Coast community theater aficionados will find “The Odd Couple” on stage this weekend at the Biloxi Little Theater, and you’ll find performances by Merle Haggard at the Beau Rivage, Kathy Griffin at the IP, and Mardi Gras parades roll in Lizana, Orange Grove, Ocean Springs and Pass Christian. See the entire weekend lineup   MGM […]

Council hears sides of short-term rentals issue

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the city council conducted a public hearing on “Short Term Rental”. Citizens were asked to offer their comments and recommendations concerning owners renting their single family houses for periods of less than 30 days. During the meeting, six (6) speakers offered comments in favor of short term […]

Holloway admits himself to alcohol treatment facility

Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway, the longest-serving mayor in the history of the city, this afternoon was admitted to an alcohol treatment facility in Hattiesburg. “Mayor Holloway and his family are certainly in our thoughts and prayers at this time,” said Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols. “This is a decision Mayor Holloway reached himself, with the […]

Council to discuss short-term rental issue

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday will hear status reports on the city’s on-going infrastructure work and construction at MGM Park, and a public hearing will be held to discuss the growing interest in short-term rentals, or so-called Vacation Rentals by Owners. The issues are among the nearly two-dozen measures on the agenda for the […]

Beer fest, other events highlight weekend

The hops will be flowing Saturday at the Coast Coliseum for the Fifth Annual Hops Beer Festival, one of the events dotting the weekend entertainment lineup. Elsewhere, this weekend, you’ll find “Always Patsy Cline” at Center Stage; Captain Fantastic, an Elton John tribute at Hard Rock; Rick Springfield at the Beau Rivage; Break the Bar […]

Governor, First Lady to lead Exceptional parade in Biloxi

Gov. Phil Bryant, and Mississippi’s First Lady, Deborah Bryant, will join Helen Irlen of the Irlen Institute for the MS Council for Exceptional Children (MS-CEC) Mardi Gras Parade on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. in Biloxi.  The parade is an opening activity for the MS-CEC statewide conference being held at the IP Casino and […]

Council OKs plan for subdivision off Miss. 67

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development the city council voted 5-2 to approve the preliminary plat for a new 88 lot single family residential subdivision to be located on Old Highway 67, north of Woolmarket Road. With this approval, the project engineer will begin designing the infrastructure plans for the project. Also this […]

Ohr-O’Keefe museum seeks ‘Katrina ambassadors’

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is seeking volunteers to help greet visitors to a huge Hurricane Katrina-related exhibition opening at the museum in March. During the exhibit, which will run from late March to Labor Day, the museum will be open seven days a week: Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and […]

Tree committee gets nod from Planning Commission

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a text change for the establishment of a city tree committee. The planning commission recommendation will now go before the city council for final consideration. If approved by the city council, the committee would be composed of seven […]

Children’s parade rolls on Feb. 7

The annual Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, a chance for youngsters to become acquainted with Carnival, is less than a month away, and now is the time to sign up. Children age 12 and under are invited to participate in the Saturday, Feb. 7 parade, either walking, or on bikes or skates, or being […]

Foreigner concert will have Biloxi flavor

The rock group Foreigner has a bevy of Top 10 songs to its credit – “Jukebox Hero,” “Hot Blooded,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “Cold as Ice,” to name a few – but one song will have a special appeal to local audiences during the group’s show at the […]

Council upholds denial of front beach zoning change

By Jerry Creel Community Development Director This week in economic development, the city council voted to uphold the recommendation of the planning commission to deny a change in zoning for several parcels of property located on Beach Boulevard between Hopkins Boulevard and Porter Avenue. At a previous meeting, the city council voted to approve an application for […]

City to unveil Brownfields Assessment Program

The City of Biloxi will hold an information meeting on Tuesday to unveil a new program to help assess any properties that may affected by hazardous substances with a goal of seeing the properties become suitable for re-development or re-use. The project is being funded by a $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields […]

See photos from Twelfth Night

See more than 80 photos from this evening’s Twelfth Night event by clicking here.

Twelfth Night gathering to signal arrival of Carnival season

The Gulf Coast will officially change from the holiday season to Carnival season on Monday, Jan. 5, with the celebration of Twelfth Night beginning at the Biloxi Visitors Center and parading to the Mardi Gras Museum. “The Biloxi Visitors Center is where we began the holiday season, with the lighting of the decorations at the […]

Visitors Center Open House is Saturday

Attention, last-minute shoppers: You’ll find more 50 vendors selling the best in local arts and crafts during the annual Biloxi Visitors Center Open House on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to two floors of wares, the extravaganza will feature door prizes throughout the day, and hamburgers and hot dogs grilled by […]

Lighthouse Park taking shape at Porter Avenue

Motorists passing the Biloxi Lighthouse are seeing the latest city park beginning to take shape. The 5.25-acre site, just west of Porter Avenue and a stone’s throw from the Biloxi Lighthouse, represents the completion of the Lighthouse Park and Visitors Center project. It is expected to be completed in April. The $5.2 million federally funded […]

Council OKs La Quinta zoning; Planning OKs subdivision

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the city council voted unanimously to approved the zoning change for property located at 950 and 956 Beach Boulevard from Residential Multi-Family (RM-10), to Community Business (CB). This change was necessary in order to allow a proposed La Quinta Inn & Suites. The design […]

Santa visits Excel by 5 and Hiller Park this weekend

It’s another weekend of holiday fare in Biloxi, with toddlers having an educational encounter with Santa Claus at Excel by 5’s Come Learn With Santa, and the Hiller Park revitalization effort getting another boost with Christmas at Hiller. Both events are Saturday. The free, educational and hands-on party hosted by Excel by 5 takes place […]

New home construction continues to thrive

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, single family residential home construction continues to thrive. We received 19 sets of plans for new single family houses to be constructed in locations throughout the city. Construction sites include: (4) for Goose Pointe, (4) for Mill Creek, Taylor Oaks (3), Hengen Place (2), Rock Creek (2), […]

Line break reduces water pressure in east Biloxi

Residents and businesses in east Biloxi may experience diminished water pressure today as Biloxi Public Works crews and contractors work to repair a 16-inch water line that broke near Maple Street  and the CSX railway. The break occurred late Wednesday and crews have worked through the night to repair the line, which carries water at […]

Enjoy the local flavor of the holidays this weekend

It’s here: Biloxi’s annual Christmas on the Water weekend. This evening at 6, the annual Children’s Christmas Parade in downtown Biloxi begins rolling. Get a spot in front of City Hall and plan to see a small parade that will boast big numbers: nearly 300 children, a three-wheeled bicycle elf, singers, plenty of hay wagons and […]

Tree committee officially in the works

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the city council voted to approve a charge to the community development staff to conduct a public hearing before the planning commission for the purpose of seeking public input on the establishment of a tree advisory committee. The recommended proposal would consider the establishment […]

Lighthouse lighting ceremony is today at 5:30

A visit from a holiday grinch aside, the city ushers in the Christmas season this afternoon with the lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse with 1960s-era decorations.  The decorations — a dozen red-and-silver garlands streaming from the top to bottom of the lighthouse and two horizontal garlands keeping them all in place — were inspired by a […]

Children’s parade will have a few surprises

Expect to see a few new additions to this year’s annual Children’s Christmas Parade in downtown Biloxi, including a three-wheeled bicycle elf, singers, plenty of hay wagons and a selection of vintage fire trucks. And, of course, you’ll see 275 children on parade when the 11-unit procession begins rolling at 6 o’clock Friday evening. “We […]

Visitors Center sees another jump in guests

The number of people walking in the door at the Biloxi Visitors Center is up 22 percent over last year, with more than 137,000 guests using the beachfront facility, and at the same time, the center’s gift shop, a treasure trove of wares from local artists and craftsmen, has seen nearly a 40 percent increase […]

Shuckers: Biloxi team unveils name, logo

From the Biloxi Shuckers The new Biloxi professional baseball team revealed its identity Monday night as the Biloxi Shuckers took center stage during a ceremony inside Biloxi’s historic Saenger Theatre. The Shuckers will begin play in the Southern League next April as the new Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. “We are very excited to […]

Visitors Center to host North, introduce museum pass

The Biloxi Visitors Center, which is already showcasing the work of Katrina sculptures chainsaw artist Marlin Miller, will host a two-day exhibit by the work of local photographer Alex North this weekend, and on Sunday will introduce the Museum Pass, a new ticket that offers admission to a trio of museums and the Biloxi Lighthouse. […]

Ushering in the holiday season

The march to Christmas is underway, with the Nutcracker dancing across the stage this weekend at the Saenger, and a host of other holiday events dotting the calendar between now and Dec. 25. In Biloxi, of course, Christmas means Christmas on the Water, the children’s Christmas parade, the Christmas in the City arts and crafts […]

Five short-term rentals seek approval

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission conducted public hearings to hear five applications for “Short-Term Rental”. These particular cases involved five single family houses where the owners were requesting approval to rent or lease the properties for periods of less than 30 days.  Under the Land Development Ordinance, […]

Christmas on Water highlights holiday schedule

Biloxi’s signature holiday event, Christmas on the Water, will once again feature land and water parades, fireworks, arts and crafts, and, of course, Santa Claus. The event kicks off Friday, Dec. 5 with a children’s parade through the downtown and lighting of the Town Green, followed by a “Christmas in the City” arts and crafts […]

Loaves and Fishes to raffle autographed Saints Super Bowl football

Loaves and Fishes, the Biloxi soup kitchen that serves 6,000 meals a month on a shoestring budget, has come up with a super way to raise money to feed the hungry as its most challenging time of the year approaches, the holiday season. The non-profit is raffling a valuable piece of Saints football: a commemorative […]

MGM Park reaches a construction milestone

Mayor A.J. Holloway signed on the dotted line – or steel beam – this afternoon, signaling a milestone in the construction of MGM Park, the downtown baseball stadium and entertainment venue. Holloway signed his name to the last major steel beam being erected on the building, marking a topping-out point in the construction of the […]

City Council meetings begin shortly

The Biloxi City Council has its 1:30 p.m. today, with a meeting to discuss the city’s tree-protection ordinance. Both meetings will be at City Hall and are open to the public. See the agenda for the 1:30 meeting   New sidewalk planned between Popp’s Ferry and Hiller Park  Residents and motorists on Atkinson Road will be […]

New sidewalk planned between Popp’s Ferry and Hiller Park

Residents and motorists on Atkinson Road will be seeing construction of a new sidewalk to link Popp’s Ferry Road to just west of Hiller Park. Nearly three-dozen residents who live on Atkinson Road have been notified of the upcoming work and have been invited to learn more at a community meeting on Monday, Nov.  24 […]

Infrastructure work coming up in Balmoral, Edgewater area

Residents of the Balmoral and Edgewater Drive area in west Biloxi will be seeing a major infrastructure project getting underway in December, and the result will be new water mains, sewer lines and storm drains as well as replacement of the streets, curbs and sidewalks impacted by the construction work. The $1.82 million project is […]

Beauvoir goes Scottish this weekend

You’ll find plenty of pipe bands, Irish dancing, sheep herding and jousting this weekend as Beauvoir hosts the two-day Scottish Highland Games, one of this weekend’s top events. The festival features traditional foods, such as meat pies, sausage rolls and pastries, and other fair fare. A host of vendors will offer unique Scottish and Irish […]

DRC see plans for South Beach East, apartments

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Development Review Committee reviewed a site plan for South Beach East. South Beach East will add an additional 60 units to the existing South Beach Condotel, located on the south side of Beach Boulevard next to Sharkheads. The DRC also reviewed a proposal […]

Planning group to discuss re-zoning, tree ordinance

A committee of the Biloxi Planning Commission will hold a workshop next week to discuss the possibility of re-zoning to commercial beachfront land north of U.S. 90 between Porter Avenue and Hopkins Boulevard, and possible revisions to the city’s tree-protection ordinance. The Zoning Text and Map Committee will meet Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the […]

Parade highlights entertainment-filled weekend

More than 1,900 marchers are scheduled to be a part of the Gulf Coast Veterans Day parade on Saturday in downtown Biloxi, and you’ll also be able to see a host of arts and crafts vendors and military displays in a “Red, White and Blue on the Green” gathering on the Town Green. The parade […]

Review continues for Hyatt, medical office

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, we are continuing to review the building construction plans for the proposed Hyatt Place Hotel, to be located on Beach Boulevard. We are also completing the building plans review for Dr. Michael Diaz’ Office and Surgical Center, to be constructed on Tommy Munro Boulevard. Earlier this […]

Visitors Center to host Mad Marlin exhibition

Sculptor Marlin Miller, who created the majority of the sculptures on the Katrina Sculpture Trail on U.S. 90, will have his works showcased in a Biloxi Visitors Center “pop-up gallery” that will open Thursday, Nov. 13 with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception beginning at 7 p.m. Miller, owner of Mad Marlins Studio in Fort […]

Tree ordinance to get more attention

Dozens of residents from Biloxi and the surrounding area showed up and spoke during a special City Council meeting on Tuesday to discuss the city’s tree-protection ordinance. Most residents spoke in favor of a return to a tree committee to have a say in the process, while others pointed to a need to not add […]

Huge Veterans parade to roll Saturday

The Gulf Coast Veterans Day Parade, boasting a lineup of 1,900 marchers, rolls on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. from the IP Casino Resort Spa on Back Bay to the Town Green, where a free Red, White and Blue on the Green Festival is planned. Although the parade itself begins at 11 o’clock, you can […]

Trees, second short-term rental on agenda today

The city’s tree-protection ordinance will be discussed during a special City Council meeting this afternoon at 4:45, and the city will get its second short-term rental operation if the City Council says OK during its 6 p.m. meeting. The council called the special meeting to discuss the city’s tree-protection ordinance after more than a hundred […]

Weekend preview: A tricky evening, music and more

It’s a festive weekend with thousands of trick-or-treaters expected on neighborhood streets this evening, and tens of thousands of visitors perusing the streets of downtown Ocean Springs for the huge Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival Saturday and Sunday. Biloxi Police remind motorists and pedestrians to be extra careful this evening, as thousands of Halloween […]

Visitors Center to host hurricane lecture, book signings

The Biloxi Visitors Center will host a trio of public events in November: two book signings,and the last in this year’s series of hurricane lectures. Here’s the schedule with background on each event: Hurricane Hunter Lecture, Nov. 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Come hear what it’s like to fly into the most deadly weather […]

Remember these tips for trick-or-treating

Halloween is Friday 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. Recommended time for trick-or-treating: Friday late in the day, but before darkness sets in. The city offers these tips: When trick-or-treating: — A parent or […]

Edgewater Mall to offer indoor trick-or-treating

Edgewater Mall will once again this year provide trick-or-treating in an indoor, climate-controlled environment. Mall stores will be handing out candy from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., and those who drop by the mall’s Guest Services booth will get additional treats from mall customer service representatives. The mall also will provide kids with free trick-or-treat bag at the […]

New apparatus committee has its say in city’s new fire truck

The Biloxi Fire Department is looking to buy a new ladder truck during Tuesday’s City Council meeting, and the purchase is the first recommendation from a new apparatus committee empaneled by Fire Chief Joe Boney. The purchase of the new truck – more than $900,000, paid for with Community Development Block Grant funds – is […]

Halloween on the Green is this afternoon

If you missed Halloween at Hiller Park, don’t fret; there’s more trick or treating fun later this afternoon on the Town Green. Halloween on the Green, capped by a drive-in movie, begins at 4 p.m., with a costume contest, trick-or-treating and family fun. Then, at dusk, you can see the movie “Frankenweenie.” The affair is […]

All treats, no tricks this weekend

Two seasonal events are coming up this weekend: Halloween at Hiller Park, and the award-winning cemetery tours at the old Biloxi City Cemetery. Halloween at Hiller, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 this evening, will feature a costume contest, hayrides and fire truck rides, trick or treating with local businesses, chidlren’s games and attractions, and […]

Santa Maria sold to hotel development group

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the big news was the announcement that the old Santa Maria Del Mar senior housing structure on Beach Boulevard is being sold to the Barrington Group. The Barrington Group is the same developer who restored the White House Hotel. Possible uses proposed for the property include an […]

Cemetery tours highlight colorful cast of characters

Another collection of some of most Biloxi’s colorful characters of yesteryear will headline this year’s Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour, a free public program that takes place Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., with an encore Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Included in this year’s lineup will be colorful Mardi Gras impresario Walter “Skeet” Hunt, […]

Visitors Center hosts ‘Moonshine Adventure’ today

You’ll have a chance to hear storytelling and name dropping later today at the Biloxi Visitors Center when author Al Saucier talks about his book, “Moonshine Adventure,” a tome that chronicles Southern Culture and the introduction of moonshine to a worldwide audience. Saucier, whose ancestors were among the first European settlers in the area known […]

Ohr to launch campaign to restore oaks at museum

When world-renowned architect Frank Gehry first looked at the site for the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art on east beach, he envisioned shiny buildings nestled neatly among the grove of majestic oak trees. So construction began, and the idea of a museum “dancing with the trees” began to take shape. Unfortunately, not long after construction began, […]

This weekend: Battles, a Beatle and BLT

Diversity is the word for this weekend’s entertainment lineup. Beauvoir: The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library hosts its 2014 fall muster this weekend, where you can see plenty of re-enactors and encampments and an occasional skirmish, while next door the Coast Coliseum has Inktoberfest, a huge gathering of tattoo artists, and a horror film […]

More big numbers in development

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, after only 9.5 months in 2014, our construction valuation total has surpassed our total for the entire 2013 calendar year. For 2013 our construction valuation was $104,037,322. With the building permits issued this week, our total valuation for 2014 is $105,469,200, with a number of proposed […]

Library program turns back pages of time

History buffs can get a preview of next weekend’s cemetery tours and discover the importance of journals in a free program Thursday afternoon at the Biloxi Public Library. The Local History and Genealogy Department at the Biloxi Public Library on Howard Avenue will offer the program Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Two re-enactors – Bill Raymond […]

Cruisin’ into the final weekend

Cruisin’ the Coast, the non-stop celebration of vehicles that navigates an RV-lined U.S. 90, enters its final weekend with a record-setting number of registered automobiles and onlookers. You’ll find a host of daily entertainment on the outdoor stages at Edgewater Mall and at sites along the Coast, along with concerts at casino venues. More than […]

Reef Restaurant opens; Sal & Mookie’s gets permit

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, activities included the opening of the Reef Restaurant on Beach Boulevard. The restaurant opened on Saturday, just in time for Cruisin’ the Coast. Although the building is complete and operational, be on the lookout for the addition of two more improvements. A new playground will be […]

Photos from the downtown block party

To see more than a hundred photos of cars and people at this morning’s Downtown Biloxi Block Party for Cruisin’ the Coast, courtesy of the city’s Facebook page, click here.

Cruisin’ crowds bigger than ever, says police chief

“It seems that there are more people here earlier than ever before,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says of this year’s Cruisin’ the Coast and the number of RVs and onlookers gathering each day along U.S. 90. Miller and his officers with the Biloxi Police Department say Cruisin’, with expectations of as many as 7,300 […]

Artists have a mission in downtown Biloxi

Cruisers and visitors to the big Downtown Biloxi Block Party on Wednesday will have a chance to see nearly 50 pieces of artwork – some as large as 12-foot by 8-foot – in a public display on buildings from Reynoir to Lameuse Street, in the heart of the Vieux Marche. The project involves about two […]

Downtown rolls out another First Friday

Finally First Friday, the monthly tip of the hat to downtown Biloxi, ushers in another turn of the calendar this evening with entertainment by the Brett Mitchell Band and Richard Shropshire. The 5 to 8 p.m. event, focused in the Rue Magnolia and Water Street area known as the Downtown Arts District, features discounts from […]

Medical-retail development OK’d on Jam Lane

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted to approve a new 2-lot medical and retail subdivision to be located on Jam Lane. The proposed development will include 13,000 square feet of retail space and 2000 square feet of medical. The Planning Commission also voted to approve […]