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It’s a dog day morning Saturday at Hiller Park

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

Ohr seeks volunteers for huge baseball exhibit

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

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

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

City has million-dollar week with new hotel proposal

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

Fireworks-free east beach? What do you think?

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

Spring break saw 35,000 visitors, plenty of traffic

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

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

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

Summer Playground registration begins this weekend

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

Biloxi braces for a huge weekend

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

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

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

A new harvest now available at Biloxi Farmers Market

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

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

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

Library hosts child descendant research program Saturday

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

Shuckers-Brewers on tap Saturday

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

Game Day Experience is just around the corner

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

Gulf Coast Marathon gets Forbes’s attention

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

City Desk podcast: Gilich speaks on the issues

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

Lee, Hopkins latest to see paving in east Biloxi

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

Paving well underway on Division, Lameuse

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

Easter egg drop, Hiller events moved to Sunday

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

Popp’s Ferry extension meeting is next week

The City of Biloxi takes another step in the process to see a new road connecting Popp’s Ferry and U.S. 90 next week when a hearing will be held to gather public reaction to two proposed routes for the new roadway. The public will have a chance to review and comment on the two proposed […]

Main, Division paving running ahead of schedule

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

Gilich outlines paving plans for east Biloxi

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

Biloxi, ACLU settle lawsuit over jailing of indigent people

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

Gilich to update issues Wednesday morning

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

Council to discuss slip fees in first of two meetings

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

Grillin’ postponed; Hibernia to roll as scheduled

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

Biloxi Cub Scouts have a Treasure of a movie

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

Sports Hall of Fame seeks nominees

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

A new Biloxi tradition: An Easter Egg drop

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

City seeks volunteer nominees

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

Get hoppy, a mad potter and more this weekend

Main Street ushers in the weekend and a new month this evening with its “Finally First Friday” gathering throughout downtown, you’ll find MGM Park’s inaugural high school baseball game this evening, and on Saturday the Rube Goldberg-like potter Steve Barney is back for daylong outdoor shows. Main Street’s Finally First Friday kicks off at 5:30 […]

MGM’s high school baseball debut pushed back a day

The inaugural high school baseball game in MGM Park is going to have to wait a day. The matchup between the Biloxi Indians and D’Iberville Warriors, billed as the Battle of Back Bay Tomahawk Cup, has been pushed back from this evening to Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets sold for this evening will be honored […]

Gilich lauds governor for Keesler gate funding request

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich today praised Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant for urging the state Legislature to commit $15 million of BP Economic Damages payments to the Keesler Air Force Base Division Street gate project. “Three days after I took office, Gov. Bryant was kind enough to meet with me to discuss issues important to the […]

Gilich views diverting BP funds as ‘unfair to Gulf Coast’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who has rallied local leaders on the issue of securing at least 80 percent of the state’s BP money for the Gulf Coast, said he was disappointed with today’s measure passed by the state House that would see $50 million of BP money diverted for roads and bridges projects statewide. “This […]

Three nights of baseball kicks off this evening at MGM

Shuckers baseball is still a month away, but you’ll have a chance this week to whet your appetite with three days of baseball at MGM Park. This evening at 7:05, the downtown Biloxi ballpark hosts teams Jackson State vs. Southern. Then on Wednesday at 7:05, it’s Southern Miss vs. South Alabama, and on Thursday at 7 […]

City seeks comment on Popp’s Ferry extension routes

The City of Biloxi takes another step in the process to see a new road connecting Popp’s Ferry and U.S. 90 this month when a hearing will be held to gather public reaction to two proposed routes for the new roadway. The public will have a chance to review and comment on the two proposed […]

Police Department hosts accreditation team

A team of assessors from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission will be in Biloxi Thursday and Friday conducting an on-site assessment to ensure that the Biloxi Police Department is complying with professional standards. The assessors, who checks the department’s compliance with 140 measured standards, will review agency policies and practices, interview personnel, and examine […]

Council to get first look at boat slip fees

The rates for those who rent slips for boats moored at the city’s public harbors and marinas will not be changing under an updated fee structure, but the manner in which those fees have been calculated will be revised in a measure that goes before the City Council on Tuesday. The council gets its first look at the […]

Work to cause closure of Division at Caillavet

Division Street at the Caillavet Street intersection will be closed to east and westbound traffic beginning Tuesday morning at 7 so city contractors can make emergency sewer repairs at the site. Lane Construction expects to keep Caillavet Street open to traffic during the work, but motorists traveling Division Street will detour at either Bohn or […]

Mayor, council to discuss infrastructure oversight today

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has called a special meeting of the Biloxi City Council for 4 p.m. today to discuss granting a two-month extension for the firm overseeing the city’s massive infrastructure work. Under the proposal, HNTB would continue overseeing the $355 million in infrastructure work until April 29. HNTB has agreed to continue the […]

Black history program to honor Moffett, public safety workers

Tommy Moffett says when he was named the city’s first black police chief in 1986, he viewed the promotion as more about doing a good job, and he brushed aside  the distinction of breaking a color barrier. “It was irrelevant to me at the time,” says Moffett, who held the rank of chief in the […]

National ‘Refresh’ program begins today in Biloxi

Main Street Biloxi District, one of seven national programs from across the country chosen as a site for a refreshed approach to comprehensive community revitalization and preservation-based economic development, will have its first series of visits today and Thursday. Kathy La Plante, senior program officer with the National Main Street Center, and Kennedy Smith, who […]

Storms lead to early school release, preparations

Biloxi Public Schools leaders have announced that students will be dismissed from class two hours early today, and city workers have been removing leaves and other debris from storm drains in low-lying areas, as residents and businesses are being encouraged to prepare for severe weather this afternoon. In fact, the National Weather Service has issued […]

Biloxi puts a fresh face on its history

Visitors to a number of high-profile landmarks in Biloxi are noticing new markers that tell the historical significance of those locations. The City of Biloxi used FEMA funding to replace 10 Katrina-destroyed stainless-steel markers that had dated back to the Blessey administration in the ’80s. The difference with the new 36-by-24-inch markers, says Biloxi Historical […]

‘The Piano Lesson,’ Leno and O’Jays on stage this weekend

Among the entertaining diversions this weekend in Biloxi: Center Stage offers its rendition of the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning show “The Piano Lesson,” Beauvoir welcomes the Southern Paranormal and Anomaly Research Society and you’ll find Jay Leno at the Beau Rivage,  and The O’Jays (“Love Train,” “I Love Music,” “Used Ta Be My Girl”) in […]

Hibernia St. Pat’s route has revisions this year

The Hibernia Marching Society St. Patrick’s parade, which takes place on Saturday, March 12, has a slightly different route this year, limiting its time on U.S. 90. The procession still begins at the Biloxi Yacht Club, but travels west toward downtown on Howard Avenue instead of U.S. 90. From Howard the parade turns south on […]

Gilich hails welcoming crowd at Biloxi Amtrak stop

“The people of Biloxi did a great job,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says of this morning’s turnout of several hundred people to greet Amtrak at CTA’s Biloxi Transit Center. “Senator Wicker, the governor and the Amtrak folks were impressed with what they saw when the Amtrak train pulled into Biloxi.” Gilich, his wife, Serena, and […]

Boney named as Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen

Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney was named today as Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen for 2015 in a Lions Club luncheon. Boney was cited as someone who has “blended his love of his community and its colorful history with his passion for firefighting and making Biloxi a better place to live.” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich read a […]

Amtrak stop: Be a part of the festive fun

Biloxi’s Amtrak visit on Thursday morning is becoming quite the pep rally, with the Biloxi High pep band, cheerleaders and dance troupe, Biloxi Second Liners Mardi Gras Club, the Old Biloxi Marching Club, food vendors, and, of course, the Amtrak inspection train, which is scheduled to pull into CTA’s Biloxi Transit Center at 11:21 a.m. […]

State of the City: Emotional, online and the future

Observations and follow-up news from Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s inaugural address on Tuesday: All ‘FoFo’ all the time: Beginning at 1 p.m. today Cable One in Biloxi began a 48-hour marathon replay of Mayor Gilich’s complete State of the City presentation. The 45-minute cablecast, which begins at the top of every hour, can be viewed […]

Gilich speaks of the roads to the future

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, speaking today to a standing-room audience in his first State of the City address, acknowledged the poor condition of roads under construction in east Biloxi and made two promises about the work: temporary paving is in the works for major thoroughfares, and residents and businesses would not see a repeat when […]

State of the City luncheon: sold out, but accessible

If you failed to buy one of the 700 tickets for Tuesday’s State of the City luncheon, you’ll still be able to see the mayor’s presentation. Doors to the sold-out Biloxi Bay Chamber luncheon at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino open at 11 a.m., with the program beginning at 11:30. Text and photos from […]

Baseball underway now at MGM Park

Community college baseball is underway at MGM Park right now, with the Gulf Coast Bulldogs hosting St. Louis Community College. The first game of the doubleheader began moments ago, at 4 p.m., and the second game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The baseball contest, part of the Bulldogs’ 18-game slate this season at […]

Police thank public for smooth Mardi Gras

“The word’s getting out that we have a really nice family-oriented Mardi Gras,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says of the two Biloxi parades, which collectively attracted as many as 80,000 people with a record-low number of arrests. “On behalf of Mayor Gilich and the City Council, we want to thank the public for making […]

Extra! Extra! It’s here! Things to know for today’s parade

The Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade begins at 1 p.m. in downtown Biloxi, with dozens of units and marching groups, and Biloxi Police are reminding paradegoers that streets along the parade route will begin closing at noon. Theme of this year’s parade is “Extra! Extra!” with a nod to newspaper headlines from epic events through […]

Neptune to usher in Biloxi parades

More than 60 floats, including nearly a dozen bands, have been lined up for the Krewe of Neptune parade, which makes its way through downtown Biloxi on Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. “We’re ready to kick off a great four days of Carnival fun,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said, referring to a weekend of parades […]

‘New’ and old measures on City Council agenda

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday evening will ask the City Council to move forward on several proposals that have been on the agenda for a couple of meetings now, and a multi-million BP-funded project that has been in the works for years, completion of a waterfront park at the Popp’s Ferry causeway. The City […]

Children’s Mardi Gras parade rolls Saturday

Dozens of youngsters will be on bikes, trikes, wagons and other contraptions Saturday morning in downtown Biloxi for the annual Children’s Walking Mardi Gras Parade. The procession, which begins at 10 a.m., is one of a half-dozen parades scheduled to roll on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this weekend. The children’s parade, open to those 12 […]

Gilich wants big splash for Amtrak stop in Biloxi

Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission have announced a tour of the railway between New Orleans and Jacksonville, Fla., will take place next month, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says he wants the Biloxi stop, on Feb. 18 at 11:21 a.m., to be a pep rally to promote a revival of passenger rail service on the […]

Museum hosts ‘Cup of Joe’ Thursday morning

Visitors to the Maritime and Seafood Industry on Thursday morning will be able to hear personal recollections of the life and times of Joe Moran when two of his daughters, Mary and Beverly, host “Cup of Joe,” part of the Point Cadet museum’s retrospective of the famed Biloxi artist. The session begins at 9 a.m. […]

Myriad issues on council agenda Tuesday

A number of lingering issues – regulation of taxicabs and other vehicles for hire, better oversight on tree permits, and adjusting the city’s water, sewer and garbage rates – may be resolved by the Biloxi City Council next week. Councilmembers, who meet Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at Biloxi City Hall, face an agenda with measures […]

Judge rules in Biloxi’s favor in Golden Nugget rent dispute

A Harrison County Circuit judge has ruled in favor of the City of Biloxi and State of Mississippi in a rent dispute involving the Golden Nugget that could have meant millions of dollars in lost revenue over the long-term lease. In a ruling issued this week, Circuit Court Judge Roger T. Clark found that the […]

Second Liners to parade Saturday

The Biloxi Second Liners parade, which originated as a neighborhood parade of children and wagons and today boasts dozens of units, will roll Saturday at 1 p.m. The Second Liners parade is one of five parades this weekend on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as the march to Fat Tuesday, Feb. 9, continues. This year’s parade […]

Reminder: Fair Housing workshop is Thursday

The city’s Office of Federal Programs wants to make sure you know your rights and the law when it comes to fair housing. As part of the educational outreach efforts of the city’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, a Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act workshop will be conducted Thursday at […]

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

The City of Biloxi encourages you to have a spirited-yet-safe time at Mardi Gras. In order to make the occasion a safe one, the Biloxi Police Department asks that you follow these suggestions, which are more than suggestions in many cases: Before the parade — Carpool and anticipate traffic delays. Appoint a designated driver. Obey […]

Gilich proposes tree committee, more oversight

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is proposing changing the city’s tree ordinance to create a seven-member advisory committee and provide more oversight over the process. The new ordinance, set to be voted on during the council meeting on Jan. 26, is the result of pleadings by dozens of residents more than two years ago for more input […]

MLK to have an MGM flavor this year

The streets in downtown Biloxi on Monday will be filled with marching bands in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and this year’s event will culminate with the Battle of the Bands in MGM Park. The MLK “Marade” and Battle of the Bands will begin at 11 with a parade that will travel west […]

City Council rejects Renda bid, discusses water rates

The Biloxi City Council this morning approved Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s recommendation to reject the bid of Oscar Renda Contracting  for infrastructure work south of the CSX railway, and authorized the mayor to work with contactor Hemphill Construction for a price closer to Renda’s $82.9 million proposal. Councilmembers voted to reject the Renda bid because […]

Gilich encouraged by talk of new passenger rail service

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says he is encouraged by a new report by Amtrak that shows a number of scenarios where daily passenger service could return to the Gulf Coast. “The most important thing about this Amtrak study is that is it an acknowledgement that daily passenger rail service for the Gulf Coast is viable,” […]

City to host Fair Housing workshop

As part of the city’s educational outreach efforts to comply with the goals set forth in Biloxi’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, a Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act workshop is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Development Department’s Auditorium. The meeting is free and open to the […]

Section of Popp’s Ferry Road to close Saturday

Popp’s Ferry Road east of Cedar Lake Road will be closed Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow contactors to install underground utilities as part of the widening of Popp’s Ferry Road. The work will be taking place between Motsie Road and Ellington Drive; motorists are advised to use Brodie Road as an […]

City to consider south contract, temporary paving

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Friday will be asking the Biloxi City Council to move forward with infrastructure work south of the CSX railway and to spend city money to temporarily pave major thoroughfares in the current construction zone north of the railway. Gilich has called a special meeting of the council for Friday at […]

City considering across-the-board water rate increase

Water and sewer rates for all Biloxi homes and businesses would increase anywhere from 4 to 7 percent under a new rate scenario being considered by the City Council. The council will have a workshop for Friday at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the issue. The meeting will be held at City Hall and is open […]

Seafood museum to unveil Joe Moran exhibition

A new exhibit about renowned Biloxi artist Joe Moran at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum promises to offer unique insight into the master boatbuilder who later became a celebrated Biloxi artist. The “Joe Moran Retrospective” opens Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and runs through March 15 at the Point Cadet museum, and visitors will be […]

Bus celebrating ADA milestone to visit Biloxi

The Road To Freedom Bus, a traveling showcase designed to raise awareness of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, will be in Biloxi Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., south of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The bus, which will be open for tours, features displays on The ADA Legacy Project and its […]

Lions Club seeks nominees for Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen

The Biloxi Lions Club is now accepting nominations for Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year, who will be recognized during a luncheon at the Biloxi Yacht Club on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Nominations are due at Biloxi City Hall by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. Forms can be obtained at the Biloxi Visitors Center or online […]

Mayor names Billy Ray Allen as acting Public Works director

Billy Ray Allen, who has worked in the city’s Public Works Department for more than 40 years, has been named acting director of the department. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich made the announcement today. Dan Gaillet submitted his resignation last week to spend more time with a son who is recovering from a catastrophic automobile accident. Allen, […]

City continuing to review water rate proposals

Members of the Biloxi City Council have asked Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich for alternative proposals for increasing water and sewer rates, which could mean increases for all Biloxi residents and businesses, instead of only the high-end users under the administration’s proposal. “It’s still early in the process,” Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols said, “and we […]

Biloxi firefighters seek donations for relief trip

A group of six to 10 volunteers from the Biloxi Fire Department will be making a return relief trip to Three Forks next week to help four volunteer firefighters who lost their homes in a devastating tornado that struck days before Christmas. Some of the Biloxi firefighters will be making the six-hour drive to the […]

City Desk: Latest on infrastructure, water rates and more

The City Desk podcast returns from a two-week holiday break today with updates on a host of major city initiatives. Among the progress reports in the program that was recorded this morning: the status of ongoing infrastructure work and how the program will change as it moves south of the CSX railway, the proposed increases […]

State of the City luncheon seats now available

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will deliver his inaugural State of the City address on Tuesday, Feb. 16 in a Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce-sponsored luncheon at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. Gilich, who will have been in office nine months when he makes his presentation, will discuss the city’s ongoing program of work since […]

Register your child for Children’s Mardi Gras parade

Applications are now available for the annual Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, which is open to those ages 12 and under. Participants can walk, bike, skate or be pushed in strollers or wagons in this parade, which takes place Saturday, Jan. 30.  Applications are being distributed this week through Biloxi schools and can also be […]

Local culinary delights on tap for Twelfth Night

Gumbo and bread pudding from Mary Mahoney’s Old French House Restaurant, pasta from the Half Shell Oyster House and king cakes from Le Bakery will be on the menu for this evening’s Twelfth Night celebration, which kicks off at 5 at the Visitors Center before moving to the Mardi Gras Museum. The Visitors Center portion […]

Council to consider water rates, tax abatements and short-term rentals

The Biloxi City Council ushers in the New Year with two meetings on Tuesday, a 4 p.m. workshop to discuss water and sewer rates and ongoing infrastructure work, followed by a 6 p.m. meeting where council members will vote on whether to amend the city’s tax abatement program. Both meetings will be at City Hall, […]

Twelfth Night gathering to signal arrival of Carnival season

The Gulf Coast will officially change from the holiday season to Carnival season on Tuesday with the celebration of Twelfth Night beginning with a 5 p.m. gathering at the Biloxi Visitors Center, followed by a parade to the Mardi Gras Museum. “The Biloxi Visitors Center is where we began the holiday season, with the lighting […]

Lorraine Road bridge to close Monday

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 Monday, 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 use […]

City eyes new water, sewer rates for high-end users

Biloxi is looking to raise its water and sewer rates for the first time since 2009, and nearly 90 percent of the city’s customers will not be affected. And those who do get the new rates will still be paying among the lowest on the Gulf Coast The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday will consider […]

Mayors recognized for work with homeless veterans

Julian Castro, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, called Mayors Andrew “FoFo” Gilich of Biloxi and Billy Hewes of Gulfport this afternoon to congratulate the two city leaders on their efforts to help end homelessness among veterans. In fact, Castro told the mayors and other local housing advocates, the U.S. Department of Housing […]

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 […]