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Councilman Lawrence on the mend

Councilmember George Lawrence, the representative for east Biloxi, was resting comfortably this afternoon after undergoing surgery this morning to have a pacemaker implanted. Lawrence, the fifth-term councilmember who is a fixture at city functions and festivals, collapsed Saturday night while dancing at a party at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum. He was transported to […]

August gets off to a rousing start

August, with its anomaly of five full weekends, launches with a stirring start this evening, with a Who Dat party in downtown Biloxi, VIPs at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum where the general public gets to join Saturday morning, the first full weekend for the new White House Hotel, and a host of entertainment […]

White House, seafood museum open; Arbor Landing permitted

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, we saw the grand opening of the White House Hotel after a year of painstaking restoration. Also this week is the opening of the New Maritime and Seafood Museum. Both are beautiful additions to our tourism inventory of attractions. Building permits were issued this week for […]

Who Dats to gather in Downtown Biloxi

Biloxi Main Street’s “Finally First Friday” this evening will be a Who Dat Tailgate Party, with plenty of black and gold, live entertainment, and an appearance by former Saints running back Buford Jordan. The free event, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Biloxi, also will feature the Brett Mitchell Band, Dome Dogs […]

Council to begin budget process next week

City Council members will kick off the Fiscal Year 2015 budget process with their first budget meeting on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at City Hall. This year, says David Nichols, the magic number is $53 million. “Right now,” Nichols says, “that’s the amount of money we project we’ll have to operate the city on a […]

Storm prep guide being delivered across Biloxi

Residents and business owners throughout Biloxi are now receiving the city’s annual Storm & Flood Preparedness guide in their mailboxes, just as the peak of hurricane season arrives. The 12-page compendium includes a storm tracking map; information on evacuation routes and shelters; tips on how to create a storm plan for your family; frequently called […]

Seafood museum to open new digs Saturday

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, which has been closed since Hurricane Katrina destroyed its original structure, will re-open this weekend at Point Cadet, the gateway to Biloxi. Factory whistles will blow at 9 a.m. Saturday to signal the re-opening of the museum, just as back in the day when the factories would call their […]

Development report: Shopping center, Arbor Landing

This column was unavailable last week. By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development comes an announcement about a 70.4 acre shopping center proposed for the southeast corner of Shriners Boulevard and Woolmarket Road. Although we have not received site plans for the development, a Wetlands Impact Application has been filed with […]

Party at the Point — with a splash

Point Cadet has the first of two big weekends Saturday, with the official dedication of Point Cadet Plaza, with a 4-to-7 p.m. gathering that will feature free hot dogs, chips and soft drinks, while a DJ spins music and children play on playground equipment and frollick on the park’s splash pad. Then next weekend, it’s […]

WYES to focus on Biloxi and Broadwater Beach

WYES, the New Orleans PBS affiliate known for its specials highlighting New Orleans culture, raises the curtain on a new special Wednesday that explores the popularity of Biloxi and what was once the Coast’s flagship hotel, the Broadwater Beach Hotel. “It’s iconic, it was Biloxi,” says local historian and author Jane Shambra, who supplied many […]

Point Cadet Plaza to open with a splash

The city will christen its newest park, Point Cadet Plaza, with a family-oriented party Saturday from  4 to 7 p.m. The free event will feature family fun and games, according to Parks and Recreation Director Sherry Bell. “This is a show place. When people are coming across the Biloxi Bay Bridge, this is one of […]

Margaritaville announces forthcoming closure

Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant has announced that it will be closing on or before Sept 19, but will pay its employees until that time. The casino attributed the closing to its inability to resolve a dispute with its landlords necessary to secure financing for a new hotel and other amenities. Margaritaville made the announcement to […]

Weekend preview: Community theater and more

It’s a big weekend for community theater, with three productions on tap:  ”Monty Python’s Spamalot” opens this evening at the Saenger Theater in downtown Biloxi, and you’ll find “Play On” at Biloxi Little Theater and “How to Success in Business Without Really Trying” at Center Stage. Meantime, look for Mickey Gilley at  IP,  “Saltoriya” at […]

City ready to move forward with baseball stadium

The city has brought the price of MGM Park at Beau Rivage close enough in range to the available funding and is ready to move forward with the next phase of construction. On Tuesday, the Biloxi City Council will consider a construction contract with W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. to construct the downtown baseball stadium […]

Development report: Casinos, fireworks stands and more

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the city council heard the appeal arguments for the closing of the northern end of Fayard and Anglada Streets. IP Casino Resort had filed an application for the vacation of these streets in order to construct a permanent parking lot. The city council voted to […]

Saenger to host a look back at Camille

Longtime south Mississippi residents will have a chance to rekindle memories of the original monster storm when the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art and City of Biloxi will present “Camille: The 45th Anniversary Remembrance,” on Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Saenger Theater. The presentation, which begins at 2 p.m., will feature a ’70s documentary about the […]

Community meeting planned for east Biloxi residents

The largest municipal public works improvement project in the history of the city is coming to east Biloxi, and residents will have a chance to hear all about it in a community meeting on Thursday, July 24 at 6 p.m. at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center. The three-year, $116 million “North Contract” […]

Main Street to host ‘The Pirates’ on Town Green

“The Pirates” will be taking over the Town Green Saturday when Main Street presents another in its series of outdoor “drive-in movies.” The 2012 animated movie – which features the voices of Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven – tells the story of Pirate Captain, who sets out on a mission to defeat his […]

Development report: Level, Kress Live now open

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, we saw the very successful opening of both the “Level Lounge” and “Kress Live” in the Vieux Marche’. The downtown parking lots were filled to capacity and the Police Department reported that everything went very smooth. In other news this week, the Development Review […]

City opens bids on MGM Park Wednesday

The city on Wednesday afternoon will open bids from contractors vying to move forward with the construction of MGM Park at Beau Rivage. The bids will be open at 4 p.m. at City Hall. The city had advertised weeks ago for a general contractor for the downtown stadium and entertainment venue, which had an initial […]

Ohr to open iconic pod on Saturday afternoon

Everybody has their opinion of them, those stainless steel pods down at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in east Biloxi, and on Saturday afternoon you’ll have a chance to go inside one. The Ohr-O’Keefe will mark the anniversary of the birth of eccentric potter George E. Ohr, with the opening of one of the four […]

Biloxi fireworks show is a musical endeavor

Biloxi’s annual fireworks show has gained a reputation over the years as being one of the biggest in the Southeast, organizers say, but one thing people may not know is that the annual production is also a musical affair. Admirers of fireworks displays and patriotic music can get both on Friday night, beginning at 9, […]

Biloxi seeking nominations for Preservation Awards

The City of Biloxi has a rich and diverse cultural and architectural history.  In celebration of that history, Biloxi biannually honors individuals, businesses, and organizations that are protecting and restoring our architectural history as well as those working to preserve and promote our local cultural history and traditions. To submit a nomination for the 2014 […]

Weekend preview: Seniors, swimming and ‘Frozen’

The weekend kicks off with a nod to senior citizens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the East Biloxi Senior Center, the newest feature at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Today from 4 to 6 p.m., seniors and interested individuals will gather for a reception to learn more about the city which is housed on the […]

Development update: Restaurants, apartments, RVs, Wal-mart

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the building department issued a building permit for the new “Reef Restaurant” to be located on Beach Boulevard between the Waffle House and the South Beach Condotel. A building permit was also issued for the new “Women’s and Children’s Facility” for the Gulf Coast Rescue Mission […]

South Caillavet work looks to be another month

Paving should be complete this afternoon or Saturday morning on the intersection of Howard Avenue and Caillavet Street, but work on the section of Caillavet Street south of Jackson Street will not be completed for at least another month. While the majority of the work involves infrastructure upgrades for MGM Park at Beau Rivage, a […]

Huge swim meet begins Friday at Natatorium

Forget about world cup soccer!  Competitive swimming gets under way Friday morning at 8 at the Biloxi Natatorium for one of the largest events ever held at the the city’s indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool. The 6th Annual Splashin’ the Coast swim meet, which has been a popular travel meet for teams from throughout the Southeast, […]

Keesler plays ‘Taps’ nightly at 9

Keesler has begun playing “Taps” base-wide each night at 9. “Taps” in its present form was first played during the Civil War era to signify “lights out” at the end of the day. Early during the Civil War, began the custom of playing “Taps” during military funeral proceedings. Today, it is played to conclude military […]

Hiller Park gets ‘Frozen’ Friday night

The Disney animated movie “Frozen” will be shown for free in Hiller Park Friday night, the highlight of a family affair that will include games, contests and a “Frozen” character costume contest. The games and contests begin at 5:30 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk. It’s all part of the Councilmember Dixie Newman’s continuing […]

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art to host seniors activities

The City of Biloxi and Harrison County are opening a senior citizens center to serve residents of east Biloxi, and residents will have a chance to see it during a reception Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. on the campus of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. The seniors center, which will be housed in the […]

Natatorium to restore Saturday hours

The Biloxi Natatorium, the city’s indoor Olympic-size swimming pool, is re-introducing Saturday hours beginning July 5, when the pool will be open each Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The pool had reduced its schedule to eliminate Saturday openings because of a shortage of lifeguards. “We just weren’t able to do it,” said Jamie Lee […]

Biloxi to host fire chiefs from 10 states

Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney and Linda Stewart of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., last week and brought back a present for Biloxi and the state of Mississippi: a first-ever regional convention of fire chiefs. Boney and Stewart announced today that the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs conference […]

Municipal leaders now in town for MML conference

Between 2,500 and 3,000 leaders from cities and towns from across the state, along with state officials, vendors and their families, are in Biloxi this week for the annual summer meeting of the Mississippi Municipal League. Delegates and guests began arriving Sunday and the conference, being held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, […]

Procedure set up for funding requests

Biloxi city leaders will be crafting a new municipal budget in August, and even though city funding may not be available for social-service agencies and other organizations, Council President Paul Tisdale still wants to be aware of funding requests and the numbers of individuals served by various groups. Tisdale has crafted a “Request for Funding […]

Get your motor runnin’ – the big weekend has arrived

Biloxi stands to see one of its busiest weekends of the year this weekend, with tens of thousands in town for a huge, free outdoor Darius Rucker concert at Harrah’s Gulf Coast on Point Cadet in east Biloxi and the annual Scrapin’ the Coast auto show headquartered at the Coast Coliseum in west Biloxi. As […]

Natatorium to host huge swim meet

The Biloxi Natatorium, the city’s indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool, will host one of its largest events ever next weekend. The 6th Annual Splashin’ the Coast swim meet, which has been a popular travel meet for teams from throughout the Southeast, will feature two teams from teams from Texas, seven teams form Louisiana, seven teams from […]

Development report: Treasure Bay parking and more

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve an application to update the Master Plan for Treasure Bay Casino. Treasure Bay has acquired the former Le Chateau Condominium property and will construct a new landscaped parking lot, which will add an additional 295 parking […]

Procedure established for funding requests

Biloxi city leaders will be crafting a new municipal budget in August, and even though city funding may not be available for social-service agencies and other organizations, Council President Paul Tisdale still wants to be aware of funding requests and the numbers of individuals served by various groups. Tisdale has crafted a “Request for Funding […]

Traffic will be heavy and re-routed at times this weekend

Biloxi has its share of road work underway at the moment, with nightly closures of the I-110 highrise and infrastructure work taking place on nearly three dozen thoroughfares, but this weekend is going to be particularly challenging with as many as 20,000 auto enthusiasts in town for the Scrapin’ the Coast car show in west […]

Development report: Fireworks sales, tax abatements

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director Last week in economic development, the city council voted to approve a text amendment to allow Seasonal Fireworks Sales as a conditional use in Regional Business (RB) Zoned Districts.  Also, the council voted to approve a 5 year, 100% tax abatement for the White House Hotel. Only the taxes for the […]

Billfish tournament, summer fair now underway

Hundreds of fisherman and their armada of million-dollar boats are at Point Cadet Marina this weekend for the annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Tournament. Rockin’ Dopsie entertains this evening at the weight scales on the waterfront adjacent to the Golden Nugget Casino, where, reports are, a 700-pound blue marlin is expected to be arriving this […]

Development report: Planning Commission OKs street closings

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted 8-6 to approved the application for the revised proposal of the IP Casino to vacate the northern end of Fayard and Anglada Streets at Bay View. The revised proposal removed the northern end of Reynoir Street from the application which will […]

Reminder: I-110 closes tonight at 9:30

Tonight is the first night of MDOT’s closing of the I-110 highrise. The bridge — and the stretch of I-110 south of the bridge — will be closed to all traffic tonight and Tuesday from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. and again on June 15-19 as contractors move into the final stages of an $8.5 million […]

May 30: Development report: Million-dollar week of housing permits

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development our department issued building permits for single family homes which again exceeded one million dollars in total construction valuation. New single family residential housing starts continue to be very strong in the city. We are currently reviewing house plans for next week which should […]

Among the revelry, a Blessed weekend

Biloxi will host another of its time-honored traditions this weekend with the annual Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival, a custom that traces its roots back to the city’s European settlers. “This is our 85th year, and that’s quite a lot of history of Biloxi seafood, heritage and culture,” declared Laurie Rosetti, who helps coordinate […]

Preservation series salutes Keesler this evening

The month-long Preservation in May series wraps up this evening with a program that will shine a light on the history of Keesler Air Force Base, “Keesler: As Biloxi as Boiled Shrimp and Barq’s.” During the affair, which runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. inside the Biloxi Visitors Center, Staff Sgt. Amanda Sackett of the […]

Town Green to host ‘Jump into Summer Fun’

West End Hose Co. No. 3, the Biloxi Fire Museum, will usher in summer with two days of family fun this weekend on the Town Green. “Jump into Summer Fun,” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, will feature water slides, face painting, pony rides, hamster balls, and all of the trimmings you would […]

A weekend of tributes for the fallen

Hundreds of people – young and old, and from all walks of life – will gather for a mission Saturday morning before 8 at the Biloxi National Cemetery, the serene garden of stone on the sprawling grounds of the VA Medical Center in west Biloxi. American flags will be placed on each of the 18,000 […]

May 23: Development report: New subdivision, land-use updates

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the city council voted to approve a new 110 lot single family residential subdivision development to be located on Mason Road in north Biloxi. The proposed market rate homes will be approximately 1700 square feet and will sell for around $175 thousand. The council […]

MDOT to shutdown I-110 nights of June 2-3, June 15-19

MDOT has announced that the I-110 highrise will be closed to all traffic on Monday and Tuesday (June 2-3) from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. and again on June 15-19 as contractors move into the final stages of an $8.5 million upgrade of the bridge’s mechanical and electrical systems. MDOT says that although the contract […]

Preservation series eyes myths, legends and lies

Storyteller and author Diane Williams will share and debunk some of the Magnolia State’s myths, legends and bald-faced lies during this week’s edition of “Preservation in May.” It takes place this afternoon from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Biloxi Visitors Center. The session is free and open to the public. Refreshments also will be served. […]

Financial condition of the City of Biloxi

To read a detailed report about the financial condition of the City of Biloxi, click here.

Council has full agenda, plenty of issues on Tuesday

The Biloxi City Council faces an agenda of nearly four dozen measures when it meets Tuesday afternoon, including a report on the city’s financial condition and several measures involving residential and commercial zoning. The council’s meeting begins at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at City Hall and is open to the public. The meeting will begin with […]

This weekend’s made for outdoor activities

The weather’s perfect for two outstanding outdoor events headed your way this weekend on the eastern and western ends of town. There’s the Our Lady of Fatima International Spring Festival, the event you see advertised in the yards of homes and businesses throughout town, and the Billy Creel Memorial Wooden Boat Show, which takes place […]

Air Force seeks proposals for Harrison Court site

The Air Force is hosting an Industry Forum at the Biloxi Visitors Center on Wednesday for potential partners to develop all or a portion of a 43-acre site on Back Bay known as Harrison Court. The site is on the southeast quadrant of Benachi and Bayview avenues, and the Air Force is looking for potential partners for […]

May 16: Development report: Rock Creek permits, casino news

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Community Development Department issued building permits to Horton Homes for 7 new single family houses in the new Rock Creek Subdivision, which is located north of Woolmarket Road just east of Lorraine. These 7 homes will be the first to be built in […]

School museum opens today on Preservation tour

Visitors to Biloxi’s Preservation in May series will see the opening of the state’s first school district museum this afternoon, and will have a chance to meet First Lady Deborah Bryant. The free program, which takes place from 1 to 3 this afternoon at the Dukate Building on Father Ryan Avenue, will showcase a collection […]

Biloxi Police, Redeemer to host memorial services

Members of the Biloxi Police Department will conduct their Fallen Officer Memorial Service on Wednesday at 10 a.m. on the front steps of the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, and the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer will pay respects to fallen officers from along the Coast in a ceremony Sunday afternoon. Both ceremonies are open to […]

Council shifts gears on stadium construction

The City Council in a special meeting this morning decided to abandon the project manager route and hire a general contractor to oversee all facets of construction of MGM Park at Beau Rivage, the downtown baseball stadium and entertainment venue. The move will allow the city to solicit bids from one overall contractor instead of […]

Three-day Hiller Park festival begins this evening

More than a dozen carnival rides, a mother-daughter look-alike contest, and plenty of family activities will be on tap this weekend at Hiller Park, the spacious city park nestled off the bay in west Biloxi. It’s all part of the Hiller Park Carnival, a three-day affair that kicks off this evening in a drive to […]

May 9: Development report: Council approves road project

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director  In economic development this week, the city council voted unanimously to approve the commitment of the match for the MDA Grant to extend Bay View Boulevard from Oak Street to 5th Street along Pine. This approval will allow us to submit the application to MDA to move the project forward. Two major commercial […]

Huge east Biloxi measures on agenda Tuesday

The Biloxi City Council is expected to approve the largest municipal public works project in the city’s history on Tuesday, a three-year, federally funded  $116.5 million infrastructure project that will see water, sewer and storm drain lines repaired or replaced in a large section of east Biloxi. The so-called ”north contract,” which covers the area […]

May 2: Development report: April was a promising month

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

Weekend preview: Wishing for Golden opportunities

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

Section of Howard to close for stadium work

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

Finally Friday! kicks off at 5 o’clock

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

Biloxi firefighters respond to tornado-stricken area

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

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

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

The fun’s by land and by sea this weekend

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

April 25: Development report: Yet another active week

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

Fire Academy for Kids opens registration

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

Lovelace named volunteer of year

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

Southern end of I-110 to close Sunday morning

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

Citywide cleanup is Saturday morning

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

Weekend preview: Crawfish and spring breakers

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

Southern end of Caillavet to close for 30 days

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

Biloxi, Gulfport come to terms on annexation case

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

Easter eggs, summer playground sign ups and more

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

Summer playground registration begins this weekend

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

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

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

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

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

Time running out for volunteer nominations

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

It’s big, just not that big

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

Infrastructure program to hit milestone next week

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

City Easter egg hunts kick off Saturday

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

April 4: Development report: Baseball and another Waffle House

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

Weekend preview: Molly Ringwalds and more

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

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

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

Reminder: Infrastructure meeting tonight at North Bay

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

Point Cadet pavilion to host first event Friday

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

Council to consider downtown property swap

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

March 21: Development report: Exciting announcements

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

Keesler reports $1.1 billion impact in FY ’13

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

Indian Nation to take over Biloxi on Friday

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

Biloxi among Top 5 fun, affordable spring break destinations

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

Cedar Lake, Brasher Road areas to see infrastructure work

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

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

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

Stadium project to see movement next week

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

March 14: Development report: White House Hotel update

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

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

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

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